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

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…

Opportunity for Social Scientist at the Primary Care Unit

December 11, 2014

The Primary Care Unit is recruiting a non-clinical University Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences. The vacancy arises through the move…

Health Education England announces Martin Roland as Chair of the new Primary Care Workforce Commission

December 10, 2014

Health Education England (HEE)  today announces that Professor Martin Roland will chair the Primary Care Workforce Commission. The work was commissioned…

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