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National GP Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Early Career Researchers Conference

6 November 2019

This two-day annual conference will be held in Bristol on 4-5 March 2020.

*Abstract deadline extended to 21 November 2019*

The aim of this annual conference, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research, is to bring together all GP ACFs and other early career GP researchers on the academic track to share their research ideas and pilot results, and to hear from experts in the field on a variety of relevant research findings and methodological innovations.

Its overall aim to is to help develop skills for PhD and grant applications and to allow plenty of time for networking with colleagues from all over the UK.

Day one of the 2020 conference, which is being hosted by the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care, will take place at the Watershed on Bristol’s waterfront and will include:

  • plenaries
  • parallel sessions
  • workshops
  • a digital poster session,
  • a Dragons Den session for ST3 and ST4 ACFs planning a PhD application
  • a debate.

A conference dinner will take place at the Riverstation restaurant.

Day 2 will take place at the Bristol Hotel and join up with the regional meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care - South West SAPC 2020, also being hosted by the Centre for Academic Primary Care, where there will be the opportunity to hear more plenaries and participate in workshops. 

We are planning a green and paper-free event. All details of the programme, abstracts, map, and attendees’ details will be available on an app. We are currently finalising our plenary speakers, but the debate will focus on AI with Professor Roger Jones, editor of the British Journal of Genereal Practice, in the chair.

Professor Debbie Sharp at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, and organiser of the conference, said: “GP ACF conferences are a ’not to be missed’ annual event for early career research GPs. They are relatively small events and numbers will be capped at 100. This makes it easy to discuss papers and take part in workshop sessions, giving participants the opportunity to mingle with their colleagues enjoy hearing about their research. 

Registration and abstract submission

The conference is open for registration.

Abstract submissions should be received by 21 November 2019 (deadline extended from 15 November 2019).

Submitters will be notified of the outcome by 16 December 2019.

Places are limited to 100 so early booking is advised.

If you have any questions, please email

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