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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:


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. 


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 and was launched in November 2012 by the Vice Chancellor, who is himself a Professor of Public health. 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 

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 are commencing a new Masters in Public Health starting academic year 2013/14 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.


Please see the 'RUTI study' press release and press coverage in the Daily Express.

Andrew Flower and Kim Harman have won a poster prize at the May 2016 ICIMH conference in Las Vegas.
Poster title: The RUTI Trial: A Multi-Centred, 16 Week, Randomised, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled, Feasibility Study of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) For Women with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (RUTIs).

Professor Paul Roderick is featured in an article on 'Tackling public health challenges' on the new Research Highlights section of the University's website.

Dr Simon Fraser has been awarded the 'Michael Arthur' prize for best research paper by the University's Faculty of Medicine. The paper is about the impact of using new ways of measuring chronic kidney disease.
Fraser SDS, Aitken GR, Taal MW, Mindell JS, Moon G, Day J, O’Donoghue D, Roderick PJ. Exploration of chronic kidney disease prevalence estimates using new measures of kidney function in the Health Survey for England. PLOS ONE 2015; 10(2): e0118676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118676

Professor Mike Thomas featured on BBC's radio 4 Inside Health programme, discussing the over-diagnosing and under treatment of asthma. Link to the Inside Health web page here or download the podcast.

An interview between Prof Tony Kendrick and GP broadcaster Dr Mark Porter on the BBC radio 4 programme Inside Health is available to listen to via this link. It starts at 5 minutes in, and discusses his research into the rise in long-term antidepressant treatment and the need for support to help people come off unnecessary long-term treatment.

Southampton researchers, (including Julie Parkes and medical student Oliver Kennedy) analysis of nine long-term studies, published before July 2015, revealed that regular consumption of coffee was linked with a reduced risk of liver cirrhosis. The analysis found that an extra two cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44%, and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis. Originally published in the science journal, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the study has been widely covered in the media including The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Times, the Daily Express, Medical News Today, AskMen and The Examiner. This news has since been published on the international news agency, Reuters. The resulting worldwide online coverage with unique page views over 785million.

Luke Hodgson our postgraduate research student has been featured in about his involvement with the AKI/Patientrack Project developed by the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


NIHR School for Primary Care Research funding opportunities for 2016. Full details of the SPCR GP Career Progression Awards, PhD studentships and Fellowships can be found on this link. Deadline: Midday, Thursday 25 February 2016.

Dean's Awards - congratulations to Andrew Flower who won the 2015 'Award' for 'Enterprise' and to Sam Watts who received a 'Commendation' he was awarded 'Highly commended in 2015 for Public Engagement'. The Dean's Awards for Postdoctoral Researchers are awarded annually and aim to recognise postdoctoral researchers who have made an exceptional contribution to the Faculty of Medicine in areas other than research.

Promotion success - congratulations to Andrew Flower as of 1 January 2016 Andrew will be promoted to Senior Research Fellow.

We are delighted to announce that our internationally rated antimicrobial work has gone international with the addition of two world class European research leaders joining PCPS as Visiting Professors: Professor Heiner Bucher from Basle and Professor Theo Verheij from Utrecht. Both have an international reputation for their work in acute infection with a focus on antibiotic sparing strategies. We look forward to collaborating with them more closely in the coming years using their experience to enhance our own program of work in this area. We are also delighted that Ian Williamson, a veteran of the academic unit who retired earlier this year, has accepted a visiting fellow award and we are pleased to be able continue to work with Ian.

To mark European Antibiotics Awareness Day Wednesday 18 Nov, Michael Moore, Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, took part as an expert in the ‘I’m a Scientist Get me out of here’ Q&A in the Antibiotics Zone. You can read some of Michael’s answers to the questions here.

Dr Hazel Everitt has been involved in an SPCR funded project ‘Evidence to Practice – Addressing the second translational gap for complex interventions in primary care’, led by Elizabeth Murray at UCL that completed last year. The protocol has been published and two 2 papers are in press (one already accepted by BMJ Open). The team were invited to present the results and undertake a workshop regarding the implications for NETSCC. Four of the team, Dr Everitt, Anne Kennedy, Rosa Lau and Krysia Dziedzic presented the results on Wednesday 18th November at Alpha House, NETSCC. NETSCC plan to use the results to inform their further plans on enhancing impact and implementation of the research they commission and fund. Read more on this from SPCR.

Professor Michael Moore was interviewed by That's Solent TV regarding our NIHR SPCR ATAFUTI study, please see the interview here and further story from the SPCR here.

The Qualitative Group based within the Primary Care and Population Sciences academic unit is hosting a one day workshop on analysing qualitative data, with a specific focus on the use of interviews and naturalistic data, led by Professor David Silverman. For full details of this event please visit our online store.

The Faculty of Medicine has pledged to support the Antibiotic Guardian, set up by Public Health England (PHE) as part of activities to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2015. Professor Michael Moore has taken the lead role for the Faculty on the campaign and will be appearing in a web chat for the week following the 18 November. Michael has previously made a video for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex about reducing antibiotic use.

Wessex GP surgeries have recruited 10 per cent of the total recruitment target for the ATAFUTI trial in just one month. The ATAFUTI study is a University of Southampton PCPS study funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).

A new treatment approach for tackling urinary tract infection (ATAFUTI study, funded by the NIHR SPCR), read more here and here.


‘The Oxford Handbook of General Practice 4th Edition’ co-written by Dr Hazel Everitt was one of four books awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Primary Health Care section at the BMA book awards, September 2015.

Congratulations to Dr Lily Lai et al on being awarded 2nd prize for their poster presentation at the RCCM conference 10th September 2015.
Conference abstract title: 'Setting up herbal medicine trials in the United Kingdom: Lessons from a randomised feasibility study for Chinese herbal medicine and polycystic ovary syndrome.'
Authors: Lily Lai, Andrew Flower, Philip Prescott, Michael Moore, George Lewith.

Congratulations to NIHR RDS and Wessex Institute on £3.2m funding for NIHR Centre for Patient and Public Involvement. Read more here. (Aug 2015)

Associate Professor, Ian Williamson (co-author) and PhD student Jane Vennik have been involved in a study for children with a common middle-ear problem. A simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics. Read more about this Study and see a demonstration of a nasal balloon in use. Media coverage can also be found here and here. (July 15)

Hazel Everitt, who will be awarded the RCGP John Fry award next May. This award is presented to a Member or Fellow of the College who has promoted the discipline of General Practice through research and publishing as a practising GP. (July 15)

Professor Paul Roderick has been awarded The Terry Feest Award for Innovation by the UK Renal Registry. (July 15)

Associate Professor, Borislav Dimitrov et al were awarded the 2015 Michael Arthur Prize for 'Best Research Publication' at the June 2015 Faculty of Medicine Research Conference.

Ryan Buchanan, the ‘Blood borne virus project’ that he is involved in has won ‘most reproducible’ with the audience vote at the Pharmaceutical Care Awards 18 June.

Associate Professor Julie Parkes, Julie received a special achievement award at the Faculty of Public Health conference for her major role in the national recruitment process for new trainees in Public Health. (June 2015)


Staff MemberPrimary Position
Sara AfsharPostgraduate research student
Nisreen A AlwanAssociate Professor in Public Health
Dankmar BöhningDirector of S3RI
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
Mark MulleeAssociate Professor in Medical Statistics
Ingrid MullerHealth Psychologist; NIHR Research fellow
Gillian O'ReillyTrial Manager
Julie ParkesAssociate Professor Public Health
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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