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About the conference

The National Primary Care ACF Conference is an annual conference for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) and their programme leads.

This year the conference will be held in the historic city of Oxford at Somerville College (see below for directions), in the heart of the city.

There is an exciting programme of well-known inspirational and informative speakers planned, along with opportunities for delegate oral and poster presentations. We're pleased to announce confirmed speakers and sessions detailed below, but please check back for a full programme as the conference approaches.

  • Dr Deborah Cohen, BMJ Investigations Editor, speaking along with Professor Carl Heneghan on the media in medical research
  • Getting into global health research, with the Primary Care for the Developing World research group in Oxford
  • Medical education research, run by Dr John Benson and Dr Thelma Quince from the Medical Education Research Group at the University of Cambridge
  • Sir Richard Peto, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, with his keynote presentation on ‘Halving Premature Death’
  • Translational research in primary care, by Professor Louise Robinson, NIHR Translational Professor at the University of Newcastle
  • Professor David Mant OBE, Emeritus Professor of General Practice in Oxford, speaking about his career in primary care research

 As well as all the usual opportunities for networking with ACFs and advice from research leaders from around the UK, there will also be opportunities for:

  • A tour of Oxford and the world's first university museum, The Ashmolean. 
  • An evening conference dinner at Somerville College, the former college of Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin. 


Conference Registration will be at 9.30 am Thursday 3rd April and the conference will close with afternoon tea at 4pm on Friday 4th April.

Please click here for the full programme (note this is subject to change). 



Abstract submission

Abstract submission has now closed. 


Somerville College is located in Oxford city centre. For details on location, public transport, park and ride services and a downloadable map please see the Somerville College website.

Please note that there is no parking available at Somerville College and parking in the city centre is often difficult to find and expensive – we strongly recommend that if you wish to drive you use one of the Park and Ride services which all allow overnight parking.

Somerville College is about fifteen minutes’ walk from the central bus station and twenty minutes’ walk from the train station.

Please contact us if you would like additional local advice about getting here.


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