Primary Care will be at heart of the future development of the UK health service

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The Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) will focus on establishing the South West Peninsula as a national centre of excellence for primary care research and education. It will be built on the strong, existing clinical academic partnership between the University and all levels of the regional health service, including NHS Health Education South West (HESW), the NIHR South West Peninsula Clinical Research Network, the Academic Health Science Network and the Clinical Commissioning Groups for Devon and Cornwall. APEx will also seek to form mutually beneficial relationships with emergent new providers within the healthcare sector.

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Written by the APEx research teams providing updates on local primary care education and research within the University.

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A Collaboration for Research and Education

Primary Care will be at heart of the future development of the UK health service. The demand for more cost-effective and personalised medical care, led and delivered locally, will require a strong, integrated primary care sector, underpinned by high quality research and education. APEx will focus on the development of research and education, inform strategies to attract increasing numbers of medical students to future careers in Primary Care and explore innovative models of collaboration through a unique partnership between the University of Exeter and key healthcare stakeholders, across the South West Peninsula, from the regional bodies to individual general practices and patients.

 APEx seeks to develop the opportunities provided by the demographics of the South West to pursue the fundamental questions facing healthcare nationally. Of particular importance will be:

  • Establishing a research focus on the development and delivery of holistic, person-centred care that builds on existing expertise (e.g. health research including established primary care research, genomics, personalised healthcare, precision medicine)
  • Developing a focused interest in understanding, researching, and exploring new, integrated models of care which cross traditional boundaries of primary, secondary, mental health and social care.
  • Looking at new, innovative ways of delivering high quality integrated care that exploit the potential of technology, a more flexible use of the healthcare workforce and which are able to demonstrate greater cost effectiveness in a testing financial environment.
  • Pursuing research and education in primary care leadership and service organisation, building on existing expertise associated with the Peninsula CLAHRC and the Exeter Business School.
  • Establishing a continuum of education in primary care from the undergraduate to the postgraduate and the established professional.
  • Placing research and evidence at the heart of primary care education


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