Who are we?
MissionTo improve primary health care through high quality teaching and research
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
ChallengesOur research and teaching addresses challenges of enduring importance to primary care, including the need to:
- improve equity in health and health care provision
- enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of primary care through improved commissioning
- make better use of available human resources
- improve the quality of care, giving more attention to patient self-care
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 was ranked 2nd in the UK in the last RAE, and was 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
- From candidacy to Kendal: Variety and health care services in Multiple Sclerosis
Abigail Methley The phrase Multiple Sclerosis usually divides a listener into one of two camps: people who know nothing about the condition, and those who know a bit but really don’t like what they’ve heard. Others may draw on personal experiences, of themselves or their friends or family. But for many people their knowledge of […]
- Policy disguised as bigotry
Aneez Esmail I was asked several weeks ago by Sky News to respond to a Department of Health report which claimed that health tourism was costing the NHS £500 million per year. This revelation came after the Home Secretary announced proposals in the Immigration Bill to charge all foreign visitors £200 when they came to […]
- Internet – leave me alone.
Peter Coventry I should first make a few things clear. I love the internet. I have two smart phones, worship at the Church of Apple, stream music through every bit of kit I can hook up to speakers, have more networked storage than I know what to do with, and wake up in a cold […]
- Improving access to primary care mental health services for under-served groups
A study by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Manchester has identified ways to improve how older people and ethnic minority populations access mental health care services.
- Work on managing diabetes while fasting to receive international exposure
Researcher, Dr Neesha Patel, Research Associate, Centre for Primary Care, Institute of Population Health has been given an exciting opportunity to present her research into the management of diabetes for Muslims fasting during Ramadan, at this year’s International Diabetes Federation, World Diabetes Congress.
- Centre for Primary Care promotion
The Centre for Primary Care at the University of Manchester is very happy to announce a promotion for Dr Kath Checkland to a Readership in Health Policy and Primary Care