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;
  • by improving the delivery of health services in community settings;
  • and by teaching medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.

We aim to deliver research and education at the highest international standards of excellence.

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

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

The PCU has rejoined the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, which is a partnership between eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England.

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

PCU stroke research to address key issues for survivors

January 20, 2015

Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. As stroke survival improves and incidence falls, the longer term…

January 2015

January 14, 2015

The abstract “Enabling patient-centred care in advanced COPD: identifying care and support needs.” has been accepted as an oral paper…

Delays in cancer diagnosis unlikely to be due to poor medical practice

December 12, 2014

Delays in referrals for suspected cancer are unlikely to be down to poor performance by GPs, argue a team of…

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