We have close links with NHS colleagues in the new primary care organisations in Devon and Cornwall.

Primary care

  • 90% of patient contact in the NHS takes place in primary care
  • The primary care team is extensive, and multidisciplinary
  • Short hospital in-patient stays have led to an increased focus on primary care
  • General practices have identifiable lists of patients, providing an important opportunity for high quality primary care-based research
  • Researchers within this group have attracted around £21 million of research income since 2004.
  • We work closely with colleagues elsewhere within the Medical School, across the University (School of Health and Sport Sciences, Mood Disorders Centre), and more widely within the UK (Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester)
  • We collaborate internationally with colleagues in Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.


To book on to one of these seminars, please contact Joy Choules. All seminars take place in JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Campus, Exeter (unless otherwise stated) with video links to F083 in Knowledge Spa, Truro as listed

Academic year 2017/18 Title and speaker

Friday 15 September 2017


JS07, Smeall, St Luke's

Alison Marsh, Research Programme Manager, Clinical Innovation and Research, Royal College of General Practitioners

RCGP Impact from Research

Friday 29 September 2017


JS07 Smeall, St Lukes Campus

(with video link to F083)  Flyer RL

Dr Richard Lehman, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham Bio RL

Sharing Medicine Abstract RL

Wednesday 18 October 2017

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (with video link to F083)

13.00-14.00 pm

Dr Sam van Beurden, UEMS Researcher

TheImpulsePal: An app a day keeps the cravings at bay


Jeff Lambert, UEMS Researcher

The pilot evaluation of a web-based intervention for physical activity and depression

Wednesday 15 November 2017

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (VC tbc)

13.00-14.00 pm

Dr Tim Holt PhD MRCP FRCGP, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Overcoming barriers to anticoagulant uptake in atrial fibrillation: lessons from the AURAS-AF trial

 Core research projects:

  • CADENCE – is an NIHR (HTA)-funded 28-month research project, which seeks to develop and assess the feasibility and acceptability of an enhanced psychological care intervention within cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with new-onset depressive symptoms, compared to treatment as usual
  • ESTEEM is a major NIHR-funded cluster trial of triage for patients seeking same day appointments in primary care
  • IMPROVE - an NIHR-funded 5 year program grant. This program grant seeks to increase understanding of the potential and utility of the UK National Patient Survey
  • INTERPRESS-IPD - an NIHR RfPB funded project looking at Inter-arm blood pressure difference, cardiovascular events, cerebrovascular disease and mortality: an Individual Patient Data meta-analysis
  • MIR is an NIHR-funded randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, examining the effectiveness of mirtazapine given in addition to SSRI or SNRI antidepressants for patients with Treatment Resistant Depression in primary care
  • Primary Care Pharmacy - An NHS Education South West-funded project to design, deliver and evaluate a programme of CPD study days for registered pharmacists who wish to develop their knowledge and skills, designed to cover areas related to potential roles in primary care
  • ReGROUP – an NIHR-funded (Health Services & Delivery Research) project which aims to inform and support the NHS in addressing current GP workforce issues in the UK
  • Waste the Waist NIHR (Research for Patient Benefit) funded research examining alternative approaches to managing obesity in primary care settings


Health Services and Policy Research

The Primary Care Research Group works very closely with the Health Services and Policy Research Group under Professor Jose Valderas.

Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula:

Associate Professor Philip Evans is the National Specialty Lead for Primary Care within the CRN and is also Cluster Lead for the Cluster based in King's College London. Dr Lisa Gibbons is an Honorary Clinical Associate Research Fellow in UEMS and is the Clinical Research Specialty Lead (Primary Care) for the the NIHR Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula. 

Royal College of General Practitioners (Tamar Faculty):

The administrator for the RCGP (Tamar Faculty), Natalie Bastone is based within the Primary Care Department.