The Primary Care Unit has rejoined the National Institute of Health Research School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). The School’s budget is over £30 million between 2015 and 2020, to increase the evidence base for primary care practice and to train future leaders by providing multi-disciplinary training and career development opportunities.
Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Department at University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, has been re-appointed as Director and is leading the School, working closely with members to develop the business strategy and research and capacity programme.
Membership of the School
The School is supported by NIHR research funding in the region of £22 million over the current five year term to conduct clinical trials and other well-designed studies in primary care and at the interface with secondary care. The School’s research currently covers the following interrelating research themes:
- long-term condition management;
- methodological innovation;
- multi-morbidity and ageing;
- patient centred care;
- prevention and diagnosis.
In addition to supporting research, funding in the region of £10 million will be awarded to research training and capacity development within the School.
PCU research funded by the School
The Cambridge Primary Care Unit is extending academic capacity in primary care locally, and collaborating with other members of the School in generating high quality research evidence to underpin delivery of health care in the community.
Our membership of the School is making a real difference to our ability to impact on improved primary care practice and on the patient experience” – Professor Jonathan Mant, Primary Care Unit, Cambridge
Professor Jonathan Mant explains: “We are contributing to research in prevention and diagnosis, including for example, early detection of type 2 diabetes and novel and scalable interventions for smoking cessation using very brief face-to-face interventions and mobile technology.”
“Second, we are exploring the effectiveness of approaches to improving the delivery of end of life care in the community – the NIHR School is well placed to access the data needed to make an important international contribution. Third, we are developing and evaluating interventions to enhance the interaction between patients and practitioners and we’re looking at how that can improve the quality of care offered.”