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Academic Unit: Primary Care & Population Sciences Academic Units

Primary Care and Population Sciences encompasses a broad range of research disciplines and areas including primary care, public health, clinical epidemiology, medical statistics, qualitative methods, health economics and complementary medicine. There is an active postgraduate group and our staff make major contributions to postgraduate training and medical undergraduate teaching.

Academic Unit Overview

The constituent groups are:

  • Primary Care, based at Aldermoor Health Centre
  • Public Health Sciences and Medical Statistics, based at Southampton University Hospitals Trust incorporating:
  • Health Economics Group
  • Qualitative Group

Management

The Director of the Unit is Professor Michael Moore and the Deputy Director is Associate Professor Julie Parkes. There is a Senior Management Team which meets every six to eight weeks. 

Research

Since 2008 the Primary Care group (research led by Professor Paul Little) has been a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). The Unit has attracted a wide range of funding, notably from NIHR (Programme Grants, Health Services Research, EME, Public Health Research, RfPB, Health Technology Assessment) as well as other research bodies e.g. MRC, Arthritis Research Council and Macmillan Trust.

Researchers in Population Health from Primary Care and Population Science are working on a number of multi-disciplinary projects and work closely with other Faculties and Departments right across the University of Southampton. The University Strategic Research group (USRG) for Population health has 4 Co-chairs from different departments, including Professor Paul Roderick. Our research is described in detail on the following Research Group pages (and under personal pages of research staff):

Primary Care Research Group
Epidemiology and Cohorts 

Academic collaborators
Dr Andrew Mortimore director of Public Health for Southampton City Council and Wessex Senate council member is working closely with the Public Health team.
Professor Heiner Bucher from Basle and Professor Theo Verheij from Utrecht have joined PCPS as Visiting Professors. PCPS will be working closely with both of them in the area of acute infection with a focus on antibiotic sparing strategies.

Primary Care and Population Sciences contributes to the University 'Our Impact' - examples of the research being carried out at the University which is impacting on lives of people in the UK and all over the world.

Improving care for patients with chronic kidney disease
Improving patient outcomes for depression
Reducing the threat of resistance to antibiotics
Developing a non-invasive test for fibrosis severity
Increasing awareness and reducing deaths from alcohol 

Postgraduate education

We currently have 15 PhD/DM students, to view our PCPS PhD student information please go to the 'useful downloads' section and visit our postgraduate research students profiles. We also have 17 post-docs. We have an active early researchers group (REACH) which meets regularly.

We particularly welcome postgraduate students who have a good degree in one of the basic sciences such as Psychology, Geography, Statistics, or Social Sciences, and health professionals wishing to study part or full-time for a PhD (or MD if clinical).

Co-supervision of PhD students has been established with Health Sciences, Psychology, Geography and Mathematics.

We run a Masters in Public Health as part of our cross Faculty University Strategic Research Group in Population Health. Our staff teach on other post graduate programmes MSc in Allergy, MSc in Medical Statistics, Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate research programme.

Undergraduate education 

We co-ordinate public health, epidemiology and medical statistics teaching to the undergraduate BM4/5/6 medical students, and supervise fourth-year medical students' research projects (particularly in the Primary Care Group).

Primary Care and Population Sciences staff

To view our staff list please go to the 'Useful downloads' section.

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  • PCPS News

    Primary Care are are offering a one year post-doctoral or doctoral level 'seedcorn' or 'bridging' fellowship for primary care scientists, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) further details here.

    REDUCE study - new study to help people withdraw from inappropriate long-term antidepressant treatment, read more of the press release here.

    POWER+ study - online intervention helps sustain weight loss, read more of the press release here.

    Prof Paul Little and his team's research shows that steam inhalation is not effective in relieving symptoms of chronic sinus congestion has been covered globally. The article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has been covered in the world's media this week (w/c July 18 2016) from America to Australia, including Reuters, Daily Mail, Brisbane Times, Daily Express and Times of India. You can watch Paul talk about the study on YouTube.

    Dr Hazel Everitt's work has been mentioned in the CMAJ blog in their round up of the SAPC annual meeting which took place 6-8 July in Dublin.

    PhD student Jane Vennik has written a blog about her experience at the NIHR Doctoral Research Training Camp.

    Dr Sophie Bostock was invited to present at the Financial Times Digital Health Summit Europe 16 June 2016. Sophie spoke about Big Health, a digital health startup and her research at the University focussing on the role of sleep in health and wellbeing.

    Ben Ainsworth has written a blog about his Tutor-PHC experience.

    Staff

    Staff MemberPrimary Position
    Sara AfsharPostgraduate research student
    Nisreen A AlwanAssociate Professor in Public Health
    Dankmar BöhningDirector of S3RI
    Sophie BostockPublic Health Teaching Fellow
    Sarah B BrienSenior Research Advisor
    Susan BroomfieldTrial Manager
    Borislav D DimitrovAssociate Professor in Medical Statistics
    Dawn DobsonPostgraduate research student
    Magdy El-GoharyNIHR In Practice Fellow
    Hazel EverittAssociate Professor
    Sean EwingsResearch Fellow
    Caroline EylesSenior Research Fellow
    Andrew FlowerSenior Research Fellow
    Simon DS FraserClinical Lecturer in Public Health
    Steve GeorgeEmeritus Fellow
    Adam GeraghtySenior Research Fellow
    Amy HallsQualitative Research Fellow in the Qualitative Group
    Kim HarmanTrial Manager
    Luke HodgsonPostgraduate research student
    Hilda HounkpatinCLAHRC Research Fellow
    Stephanie HughesSenior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student
    Lynn K JosephsClinical Research Consultant Fellow
    Ngianga II KandalaMedical Statistician
    Jo KellyTrial Manager
    Tony KendrickProfessor of Primary Care
    Lily Yuen Wan LaiPostdoctoral Research Fellow
    George LewithProfessor of Health Research
    Geraldine LeydonAssociate Professor in Health Research
    Paul LittleProfessor of Primary Care Research
    Barrie MargettsEmeritus Professor
    Kate MartinsonTrial Manager
    Clare McDermottPostgraduate research student
    Nuala McGrathProfessor of Epidemiology and Sexual Health; Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow
    Ruairidh MilneProfessorial Fellow in Public Health
    Michael MooreProfessor of Primary Health Care Research
    Leanne MorrisonLecturer in Health Psychology
    Mark MulleeProfessorial Fellow in Medical Statistics
    Ingrid MullerLecturer in Health Psychology
    Gillian O'ReillyTrial Manager
    Julie ParkesAssociate Professor Public Health
    Dean PhillipsSenior Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service South Central, University of Southampton
    James RafteryProfessor of Health Technology Assessment
    Emma RichardsPostgraduate research student
    Paul RoderickProfessor of Public Health
    Rachel RyvesSenior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student
    Miriam SanterAssociate Professor in Primary Care Research
    Rosie StanfordSenior Research Assistant
    Beth StuartSenior Research Fellow
    Fangzhong SuClinical informatics data manager
    Dominic TaylorPostgraduate Research Student (MD)
    Emma TeasdaleResearch Fellow
    Mike ThomasProfessor of Primary Care Research
    Tammy ThomasTrial Manager
    Jeanne TrillPostgraduate research student
    Jane VennikPostgraduate research student
    Samantha WilliamsSenior Research Assistant
    Ian WilliamsonVisiting Fellow
    Wendy WoodSenior Research Adviser
    Catherine Jane WoodsPostgraduate research student
    Guiqing Lily YaoAssociate Professor in Health Economics & Head of Health Economics Analyses Team (HEAT)
    Han (Alex) ZhengPostgraduate research student

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