EFPC Chair Sally Kendall who is also a professor working within the Centre for Health Services Studies within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, has been awarded her honour in recognition of 30 years of research in nursing and health visiting.

Within her role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health she is known particularly for work around practice-based research in the area of parenting and maternal and child health. Her work on parenting is internationally recognised and implemented from Kent to Japan.

Many countries have problems in attracting and retaining primary care workers in remote rural areas. This is not restricted to large countries; also small countries experience these problems.

The Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)  is currently making a background report for WHO based on the literature on rural primary care. The aim of the report is to describe the problem definition, the causes of the problem, the consequences for access and quality of care and possible solutions.

Our spring EFPC symposium in Canterbury had promised sunshine and daffodils.

Instead the long-awaited event was hindered by some of the coldest weather in Europe. Snow closed airports and train stations as the ‘Beast from the East' gave new meaning to English sub-zero temperatures.  Nonetheless, intrepid pilgrims trekked from Europe - and as far away as Brazil - to join in discussions on how we can integrate health care systems to bring communities closer to primary care, and improve health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in society.

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