The Cambridge Primary Care Unit (PCU) works to reduce the burden of ill health by identifying and targeting the behaviours that lead to chronic disease, by improving early detection of illness, and by improving the delivery of health services in community settings. We aim to achieve this by delivering research and education at the highest international standards of excellence. The PCU has recently rejoined the School for Primary Care Research, one of nine nationally recognised centres of excellence for primary care research

Our research is organised into five research areas: Behaviour and Health, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Cancer, Health Services Research and End of Life Care.

The University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit is based within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences.

Our work is supported by the UK National Institute for Health Research, UK Department of Health (including a Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health), Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. We also have a major role in medical student teaching in the Cambridge Clinical School, and we help to educate Masters, PhD students and also Academic General Practice Clinical Fellows during their 4 year academic training programme.

Our Research

We aim to improve the health of the population through research conducted at three levels: clinical care in general practice, the organisation and delivery of healthcare, and improving health through changes to the wider environment.

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Education & Training

The Primary Care Research Unit offers academic posts for GPs as well as opportunities for PhD students.



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Symposiums & Talks

The Primary Care Unit host occasional events and seminars, currently we are administering one for social science research on theorising medical devices.

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Primary Care Unit News

Cambridge re-joins the NIHR School for Primary Care Research

November 20, 2014

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has announced the new membership for its School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)…

Academic Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care

November 18, 2014


New Medical Research Council guidance for process evaluation of complex interventions available

November 11, 2014

Updated MRC guidance for evaluation of complex interventions published in 2008 (Craig et al.2008) highlighted the value of process evaluation…

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