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2024: NIHR School for Primary Care Research-funded summer internships | Centre for Academic Primary Care

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We have two exciting summer internship opportunities for UK undergraduates who are interested in primary care research. These are a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience conducting primary care research with experts in the field.

The offer

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Student Internship Programme provides students with experience in a research environment and access to a team of specialised mentors and supervisors. All internship projects are offered as virtual opportunities or in-person at the relevant university. The programme is open to all undergraduate students, from any degree, based at a UK university.

There are 18 internships on offer across the nine member institutions of the SPCR. We will be hosting two here in Bristol.

Information about projects, supervisors and duration are given below. Please contact supervisors for an informal discussion if you would like to know more about one of these projects.

The rate paid to all interns will be the living wage of £12.00/hr or £13.15/hr for students living in London, or those who undertake a placement in London with a requirement to travel to the university campus. Other costs (such as conference attendance, travel etc) will not be covered. Placements are for a maximum of 140 hours across the agreed duration and working hours and will be paid in two instalments.

Placements can start from 3 June 2024 and must be completed by 31 March 2025.

How to apply

For further details and how to apply, visit the NIHR School for Primary Care Research website.

Applications close at 1pm on 28 March 2024.

Please share the details with anyone you think might be interested.

Bristol projects

REPROVIDE: The intern will be working on a randomised controlled trial called REPROVIDE. This is a (cost) effectiveness evaluation of a domestic abuse behaviour change programme which aims to reduce abuse amongst perpetrators for the benefit of their partners, ex partners and families.

ISSDAPP: Domestic Abuse Prevention Programmes (DAPPs) aim to help abusive people change their behaviour and to increase survivors’ safety and freedom from abuse. Programmes accredited by Respect, the national domestic abuse organisation which sets standards for DAPPs, carry out behaviour-change work with the abusive person, while current/ex-partners are offered support as part of an integrated service. Survivor-support work within accredited services manages risk, helps survivors have realistic expectations of their (ex-)partner’s behaviour-change and informs case management. Some survivor-support work occurs in organisations which are not accredited by Respect and we are not sure how safe this work is or what it entails.

Telesafe: To understand how GPs and other primary care clinicians provide, and patients respond to, safety-netting advice in telephone consultations and to provide an archive of telephone consultations in general practice for further use in research and training.

  • Supervisors: Barbara Caddick and Peter Edwards
  • Duration: 4 week period between Monday 3rd June – Friday 2nd August (We will consider requests for this to be worked over a longer period on a part time basis)

Q-DaPS: Qualitative Data Sharing and Preservation for primary care research (Q-DaPs). Researchers may collect different types of data to increase understanding of issues in relation to primary healthcare. Data may include audio or video recordings of interviews, focus groups (group discussions), and consultations between professionals and patients / service users, as well as written data, such as notes about research. These types of data are referred to as qualitative data. There is a growing mandate amongst funders and journals for this type of research data to be retained and made available for others to reuse. Qualitative data collection is resource and time-intensive and can over burden already stretched primary healthcare sites (such as general practice). Secondary analysis of existing data can make good use of public money and maximise the impact of research participants’ contributions as well as removing the burden of recruiting or collecting new data through healthcare providers.

  • Supervisors: Barbara Caddick
  • Duration: 4 week period between Monday 3rd June – Friday 27th September. (We will consider requests for this to be worked over a longer period on a part time basis)

Further information

About the Centre for Academic Primary Care

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at the University of Bristol is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

It sits within Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching.

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