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Primary Care Network offers conference funding opportunity to GP trainees and medical students

Primary Care Network offers conference funding opportunity to GP trainees and medical students

19th April 2024

A conference bursary is being made available for a third year by the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Primary Care Network, allowing recipients to attend a national Primary Care conference and deepen their research knowledge

The Network is encouraging GP trainees and medical students to apply and take advantage of its Conference Bursary Scheme which aims to “promote and encourage awareness, understanding, and experience of research”.

The bursary is open to GP Specialty Trainees (ST 1, 2 and 3), ScotGem (years 2 and 3) and 4th year medical students who have completed a Quality Improvement or research project.

Successful applicants from those groups will receive a bursary of up to £600, enabling them to attend their chosen conference. The funding can be used towards the costs of registration, travel, and accommodation.

Applications should be made using the bursary application form. These can then be submitted via email to by the deadline of 17 May 2024.

Primary Care conferences in the UK include The Scottish Academic GP Conference which takes place in January every year; The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Conference, taking place in Liverpool this October; and The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) meetings in July.

Dr Ellen Drost, NRS Primary Care Network Manager said: “I would encourage relevant trainee and student parties to apply for this opportunity so they can learn more about primary care research that could ultimately inform clinical practice.

“The Network believes that attendance at key gatherings also provides opportunities to network with peers, connect with attendees from across the medical profession with specialist interests to hear about their career paths as well as opportunities in academic primary care.”

The Network was established in 2002 as a framework to coordinate national research activity in primary care. Funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), its aim is to increase the amount of research relevant to patient care undertaken in a primary care setting.

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