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The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care. Specifically, the course has the following aims:
- Contribute to the commitment of the Cambridge University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust (CUHNHSFT), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continuing professional development of NHS staff in an integrated academic and clinical environment.
- Develop a cadre of primary care clinical research leaders who will pursue clinical academic careers within academia, the NHS and industry.
- Contribute to the commitment of Health Education East of England to continuing professional development of GP specialty trainees in an integrated academic and clinical environment.
- Expand critical and current knowledge of research methodologies through an academically vigorous education programme offered in a world-leading primary care clinical research environment.
- Equip clinical researchers with knowledge about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research in general practice and community settings.
Students who complete this programme successfully will have gained an understanding of the primary care research context, including the distinctive nature and contribution of primary care research, and the contribution of key underpinning methods. Specifically, graduates will possess a grounding in primary care-relevant epidemiological, psychological, sociological and health services research methods, statistical methods and data analyses including surveys, trials and evidence synthesis. Upon successful completion each student will be able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation in primary care.
Successful completion of the MPhil will also equip students with the skills and knowledge defined by the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Supplementary Guidelines for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) for specialty registrars undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes (September 2011).
This course is based on the previous MPhil in Primary Care Research, which has run since 2011. It was previously integrated with the MPhil TMAT courses and was taken part-time over two years.
The course has now been redesigned as a full-time one year course. The course is based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care and led by the Primary Care Unit. More than half of the curriculum is shared with the MPhils in Public Health and Epidemiology. The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care.
The course draws on local strengths in working with large databases, primary care-based clinical trials and a wide range of other appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University.
The course is open to all graduates with a relevant first degree who wish to pursue a career in academic primary care, but is particularly aimed at Trainee GPs, and GPs working in the NHS who wish to gain a fuller understanding of the disciplines at the foundation of academic primary care. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The course includes a research-based dissertation which will be undertaken and completed during the year. We encourage successful students to progress to a PhD.
For further information: please contact the Primary Care Unit personal assistant on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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