Who are we?
AimsOur aims are to:
- deliver high quality research to inform the development of primary health care
- communicate research findings to promote the development of evidence-based primary health care
- deliver high quality education and training to support primary health care research and development
See: Institute of Population Health Prospectus 2013 Five Year Strategic Plan (pdf,1.72MB) for more information
About the centre
The Centre for Primary Care is acknowledged internationally to be one of the UK’s leading research centres for policy research in primary care.
The Centre for Primary Care is a founder member of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research, a collaboration of 8 leading primary care departments in England.
The Centre makes a major contribution to the:
- NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre
- Department of Health Policy Research Unit for NHS Commissioning (PruComm)
- NIHR CLAHRC for Greater Manchester
The work of the Centre is supported by a truly multidisciplinary staff including general practitioners, psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists, statisticians and health services researchers.
The Centre also aims to support and promote the involvement of patients and the public in health research, through our Patient and Public Involvement Group PRIMER.
Research in the Centre is organised around three themes of high relevance to the delivery of care in the UK and internationally:
- Quality and safety – with a focus on quality indicators and quality improvement, patient safety, and the role of incentives
- Health policy, politics and organisation – with a focus on commissioning and contracting in the NHS and on the organisation and delivery of services
- Long-term conditions – with a focus on multimorbidity and mental health, health technology assessment, and patient health and illness experience
The Centre for Primary Care also places a major emphasis on advancing Research Methodology
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- Research explores patient views of GP safety
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- Manchester academic receives Principal Fellowship award from the Higher Education Academy
An academic from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences has been recognised for his leadership and significant contribution to his field with a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Principal Fellowship award.
- Medication Safety highlighted at “Wonderdrug Roadshow”
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