Find out about PCU COVID-19 related research
Research and teaching to reduce ill health
At the Primary Care Unit, we carry out research and education at the highest international standards of excellence. Our goals are to:
- identify and target the behaviours that lead to chronic disease;
- improve early detection of disease;
- improve the quality of health services;
- deliver first class teaching to medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.
Education and training runs through all our work – for medical students and primary care researchers at every level.
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. Professor Jonathan Mant is Head of Unit and our Group leaders are Dr Stephen Barclay, Dr Richard Darnton, Professor Christi Deaton, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Professor Simon Griffin, Professor Theresa Marteau, Professor Stephen Sutton and Dr Fiona Walter.
The NIHR School for Primary Care Research at Cambridge
The PCU is a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, which is a partnership between eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England.
Patient and public involvement in research
Patients and the public are key to the design and conduct of research within the Primary Care Unit.
See resources for researchers and read our latest blogs about public engagement.
Teaching medical students
The Primary Care Unit provides teaching to all Cambridge medical students.
We deliver clinical teaching in general practice, and cover professional skills and palliative care.
Primary Care Unit News
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Dr Hannah Harrison was awarded an NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award in October 2020 Hannah, Research Associate at the Prevention Group, aims to use her Fellowship to further…
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