The Primary Care Unit was a member of the National Institute of Health Research School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) to March 2021.
The School’s budget was over £30 million between 2015 and 2020, and was used to increase the evidence base for primary care practice and to train future leaders by providing multi-disciplinary training and career development opportunities.
See the links below for the list of NIHR SPCR funded projects at Cambridge:
Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Department at University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, was appointed as Director and led the School until March 2021, working closely with members to develop the business strategy and research and capacity programme.
PCU research funded by the School
The Cambridge Primary Care Unit is extending academic capacity in primary care locally. We collaborated 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.”