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Early Onset Cancer and the Importance of Early Diagnosis

Cancer in the under 50s, known as early-onset cancer, is on the rise but the reasons behind this are complex. Here, Dr Sharon Tonner from our Cancer Theme Group discusses the increase and outlines the teams work to identify non-invasive tests which could be implemented in primary care to diagnose cancer at an early stage, when the best treatment options are available.

World no tobacco day: helping people in greatest need to quit deadly tobacco cigarettes

Tobacco remains a leading cause of death and disease globally. Yet, in the UK the least-advantaged groups in society are the most likely to be impacted, making tobacco use a significant driver of health inequalities across our population. This World No Tobacco Day, researcher Annika Theodoulou, discusses her work examining different stop smoking interventions and trends in smoking behaviours.

Assessing the safety of COVID-19 vaccination in children

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of children globally with major health, social and educational consequences. Vaccines are one of the first lines of defense against infectious diseases. However, the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination were less clear cut in children compared to adults. New research from NDPCHS explores the safety of the different COVID-19 vaccines for children and young people.

New risk tool could identify people with new-onset diabetes at highest risk for pancreatic cancer

Adults with new-onset type 2 diabetes are a group at higher risk for pancreatic cancer. A study led by NDPCHS and funded by Pancreatic Cancer UK has developed a new risk model that could offer more nuanced risk estimates than current guidance and aid referral of people with newly diagnosed diabetes for further testing.

Community Pharmacy and General Practice Collaboration and Integration: what works, when and why?

Community Pharmacy and General Practice have worked alongside each other for many years. Recent UK National Health Service policies have sought to encourage community pharmacies to increase services for patients. Many assume this will reduce GP workload, but this is not inevitable.

Global reflections – how Nigeria is building health security resilience from ideas to impact

In the wake of COVID-19 exposing vulnerabilities in pandemic preparedness globally, Nigeria is taking proactive measures to fortify its health security resilience through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This piece, written by a current student provides an in-depth look at the innovative strategies and tailored approaches NCDC is implementing to address vulnerabilities.

International Nurses Day: 'Embrace the opportunities'

In celebration of International Nurses Day, Bernadette Mundy, a Senior Clinical Research Nurse in our Clinical Trials Unit, shares her career experiences from nursing in community settings to working in clinical research.

Student perspectives on leveraging digital health for better patient care and a greener healthcare system

Digital health technologies are transforming the healthcare landscape, offering opportunities to enhance patient outcomes whilst promoting environmental sustainability. This article examines how innovative digital health initiatives can be leveraged to improve care delivery and access, prevent medical errors, empower patients for self-care, enable data-driven personalised treatments, and optimise clinical interactions - all while reducing the carbon footprint of the healthcare system.

Building cancer services equitably in primary care

Despite recent improvements in cancer survival in the UK, there has been little reduction in equalities in accessing care or in alleviating causes attributed to socioeconomic factors. Here, researchers from the NDPCHS Cancer Theme Group discuss nationwide initiatives, research and approaches which all aim to reduce the ongoing inequalities in cancer care.

Better together? Group consultations in the NHS

The TOGETHER 2 study, run by NDPCHS researchers in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter and York, aims to evaluate the implementation, impact and cost-effectiveness of video and hybrid group consultations compared to individual care. Here, the researchers Gary Abel, Claire Reidy, and Chrysanthi Papoutsi, discuss high-level findings from their scoping survey, assessing to what extent group consultations are carried out and in what formats.

Celebrating diversity – an introduction to Nigerian students on the Oxford MGHL Masters

The MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership (MGHL) programme welcomes diversity with open arms, including Nigerian participants who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the cohort. Written by members of cohort 2, this piece celebrates the rich cultural tapestry and academic excellence that our Nigerian students contribute to the MGHL community.

Ends and new beginnings: Research on the social prescribing link worker role

In recognition of Social Prescribing Day, Thursday 14 March 2024, Stephanie Tierney from the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford reflects on a study that has recently finished on the implementation of the link worker role, and on another that is in progress on this topic.

Adventures in learning, fuelled by curiosity and solidarity - insights from current MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership (MGHL) students

As part of our MSc student blogs series, we hear insights from students on our MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership programme, run in collaboration with the Said Business School. They share their experiences of running an immersive student event and celebrating their shared passion for coffee.

National no smoking day: The importance of international collaboration for tobacco control policy

National no smoking day, held this year on the 13 March, is a day dedicated to spreading awareness of the destructive impacts of smoking, inspiring individuals to give up smoking and promoting healthy ways of life and a smoke-free environment. To mark the day, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences researchers Dr Jonathan Livingstone-Banks and Dr Nicola Lindson, discuss ongoing research into the impact of e-cigarette flavours and the international policy implications of the findings.

We need to talk about menopause. But with whom and how?

On International Women’s Day Dr Anne-Marie Boylan discusses approaches to new research on improving communication about menopause for women from South Asian backgrounds living in England.

Endometriosis Action Month: Enhancing care through collaboration

To mark Endometriosis Action Month, in a collaboration between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and The Endometriosis Care Centre, Dr Sharon Dixon and Dr Tatjana Gibbons discuss research projects taking place to improve understanding, diagnosis and support for endometriosis patients.

Forging bonds that defy borders: Oxford MGHL beyond borders, connecting and reconnecting to sustain friendships – insights from a current student

Students from our courses have diverse and interesting backgrounds. Olukayode Fasominu shares his insights on how his quest for making real change, and joining the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership course has served to help him to connect and make friendships along the way.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science by Dr Sophie Roberts: ‘never let go of your dream’.

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Dr Sophie Roberts, a graduate medical student who spent time working in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences during her course, shares her experience of studying science at school, completing a PhD in molecular biology and joining the graduate medicine course at the University of Oxford.

Dr Oghenekome Gbinigie (Kome) – a tribute

It is with the very heaviest of hearts that we share the sad news that our colleague and friend, Dr Oghenekome Gbinigie (Kome), died on Saturday 28 January 2024 after a short illness.

World Cancer Day: How research by Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is advancing cancer detection and care

More than one thousand people receive a cancer diagnosis in the UK each day, making early detection and intervention critical for improving outcomes for patients. The majority of patients are first diagnosed after presenting cancer symptoms to their GP. This puts primary care in a unique and critical position to drive forward research that closes the cancer care gap – the theme of this year’s World Cancer Day.

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