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Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

The Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) is a multidisciplinary team within the College of Medicine and Health. We have strong partnerships with schools of primary care across the country, the NHS and NIHR. 

SPCR Membership

We are delighted to be recognised as one of the nine member departments of the NIHR SPCR 2021-2026, recognising excellence in primary care research.

Read the article on the SPCR Official website 

On our UoE News page

And our APEx blog: SPCR Launch Event

APEx Directors

Professor John Campbell is Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, and Co-Director of the APEx Collaboration


APEx Directors

Professor Richard Neal is Professor of Primary Care, and Co-Director of the APEx Collaboration


NIHR SPCR 2021-2026

Upcoming School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) funding round 11 for underrepresented professions 

Projects must be in an area of Primary Care research and must be led by one of the following: any allied health professional regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (see link for list of eligible professions), dentist, midwife, nurse, optometrist or pharmacist. 


  • 11th April – Internal deadline for Expressions of Interest
  • 3rd May - Online workshop for applicants, run by the SPCR central directorate (details tbc)
  • 26th June – Internal deadline for near complete applications for feedback
  • 17th July – External deadline for final application submission to SPCR central directorate
  • September 2023 - Funding panel
  • Mid October 2023 - Outcomes communicated
  • Projects may start from 1st January 2024. All projects must end by 31st March 2026, no extensions can be given beyond this date. Maximum duration 27 months

PPIE support

If you are planning to put in an application for FR11 and require support around PPIE please contact Beccy Summers ( for further information and support.  There are also various PPIE Advice Clinics and Ideas Cafes you can sign up for to support with PPIE, please email for more information.

For further information and to request an Expression of Interest form, please email

FR11 Information Document

If you would like to get in touch contact or visit our team page for links to individual staff member profiles.


  • Establish a research focus on the development and delivery of holistic, person-centred care that builds on existing expertise.
  • Understanding, research, and explore new, integrated models of care which cross traditional boundaries of primary, secondary, mental health and social care.
  • Look at innovative ways of delivering high quality integrated care that exploit the potential of technology.
  • Establish 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.


Read the Exeter Statement for Academic Primary Care

Bringing together research groups across Health and Community Sciences

  • Ageing and Frailty (website under construction)
APEx Events

APEx Seminars - find out more about our next APEx Seminar. Seminars typically run Jan-Mar, May-July, Sep-Dec 

Patient and Public Involvement events - PPI Advice Clinics and Ideas Cafes

ECR Events - events and training aimed at ECR/MCR


Visit our blog where we share primary care staff profiles, news including departmental and research, and opinion pieces






Featured Research & Publications