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.
The constituent groups are:
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
Dr Andrew Mortimore director of Public Health for Southampton City Council and Wessex Senate council member is working closely with the Public Health team.
David Phillips, director of Public Health for Dorset County Council, 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
We currently have 18 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 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).
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.
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).
Congratulations to Merlin Willcox who won the RCGP Global Health Dragon's Den competition at the national RCGP conference 8/10/16. Merlin made a 3 minute pitch on 'A confidential enquiry into child deaths could save lives'.
Professor George Lewith, Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Mark Lown designed a phase 2 clinical trial which investigated Mulberry Leaf Extract's ability to reduce carbohydrate absorption and lower post prandial blood glucose and insulin rises. The extract was produced by Phynova in Oxford and the trial was funded by Innovate UK / TSB. The project has been nominated for the Innovate UK SME awards and shortlisted for “Innovation Leading to New Markets”. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of October in the House of Commons.
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.
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 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 Member||Primary Position|
|Sara Afshar||Postgraduate research student|
|Nisreen A Alwan||Associate Professor in Public Health|
|Dankmar Böhning||Director of S3RI|
|Sophie Bostock||Public Health Teaching Fellow|
|Sarah B Brien||Senior Research Advisor|
|Susan Broomfield||Trial Manager|
|Borislav D Dimitrov||Associate Professor in Medical Statistics|
|Dawn Dobson||Postgraduate research student|
|Magdy El-Gohary||NIHR In Practice Fellow|
|Hazel Everitt||Associate Professor|
|Sean Ewings||Research Fellow|
|Caroline Eyles||Senior Research Fellow|
|Andrew Flower||Senior Research Fellow|
|Simon DS Fraser||Clinical Lecturer in Public Health|
|Steve George||Emeritus Fellow|
|Adam Geraghty||Senior Research Fellow|
|Daniela Ghio||Research Fellow in Health Psychology|
|Amy Halls||Qualitative Research Fellow in the Qualitative Group|
|Kim Harman||Trial Manager|
|Luke Hodgson||Postgraduate research student|
|Hilda Hounkpatin||CLAHRC Research Fellow|
|Stephanie Hughes||Senior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student|
|Lynn K Josephs||Clinical Research Consultant Fellow|
|Ngianga II Kandala||Medical Statistician|
|Jo Kelly||Trial Manager|
|Tony Kendrick||Professor of Primary Care|
|Lily Yuen Wan Lai||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|George Lewith||Professor of Health Research|
|Geraldine Leydon||Associate Professor in Health Research|
|Paul Little||Professor of Primary Care Research|
|Barrie Margetts||Emeritus Professor|
|Kate Martinson||Trial Manager|
|Clare McDermott||Postgraduate research student|
|Nuala McGrath||Professor of Epidemiology and Sexual Health; Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow|
|Ruairidh Milne||Professorial Fellow in Public Health|
|Michael Moore||Professor of Primary Health Care Research|
|Leanne Morrison||Lecturer in Health Psychology|
|Mark Mullee||Professorial Fellow in Medical Statistics|
|Ingrid Muller||Lecturer in Health Psychology|
|Gillian O'Reilly||Trial Manager|
|Wendy O’Brien||Programme Grant Manager, Senior Research Sister MRes, Health and Safety representative PCPS (AHC)|
|Julie Parkes||Associate Professor Public Health|
|Dean Phillips||Senior Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service South Central, University of Southampton|
|James Raftery||Professor of Health Technology Assessment|
|Emma Richards||Postgraduate research student|
|Paul Roderick||Professor of Public Health|
|Rachel Ryves||Senior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student|
|Miriam Santer||Associate Professor in Primary Care Research|
|Rosie Stanford||Senior Research Assistant|
|Beth Stuart||Senior Research Fellow|
|Fangzhong Su||Clinical informatics data manager|
|Dominic Taylor||Postgraduate Research Student (MD)|
|Emma Teasdale||Research Fellow|
|Mike Thomas||Professor of Primary Care Research|
|Tammy Thomas||Trial Manager|
|Jeanne Trill||Postgraduate research student|
|Jane Vennik||Postgraduate research student|
|Merlin L Willcox||Academic Clinical Lecturer|
|Samantha Williams||Qualitative Senior Research Assistant|
|Ian Williamson||Visiting Fellow|
|Wendy Wood||Senior Research Adviser|
|Catherine Jane Woods||Postgraduate research student|
|Guiqing Lily Yao||Associate Professor in Health Economics & Head of Health Economics Analyses Team (HEAT)|
|Han (Alex) Zheng||Postgraduate research student|
|BREATHE (Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercise)||Active|
|The Hampshire Acute Kidney Injury Study||Active|
|ARCHIE The early use of Antibiotics for at Risk CHildren with InfluEnza in primary care||Active|
|ATAFUTI Alternative treatments of adult female urinary tract infection||Active|
|ATTOM Access to Transplantation and Transplant Outcome Measures||Active|
|BARACK-D Benefits of aldosterone receptor antagonism in chronic kidney disease||Active|
|BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczema||Active|
|CANDID Cancer Diagnosis Decision Rules||Active|
|CEDAR the children's ear pain study||Active|
|CONTACT Colchicine or Naproxen Treatment for Acute Gout||Active|
|CPRD How has the GP management of depression changed in the last 10 years?||Active|
|EndoBarrier TM Gastrointestinal Liner Diabetes Trial||Active|
|FAME Fatigue: acute Fatigue Assessment and Management in Everyday practice||Active|
|HEAT Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin Trial||Active|
|HHRCKD Hampshire Health Record Chronic Kidney Disease study||Active|
|MABcan Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patients||Active|
|A UK on-line 24h dietary recall tool for population studies: development, validation and practical application (myfood24)||Active|
|Partnership for Improvement & Innovation in Dietary Assessment Technology (DIET@NET)||Active|
|PROMDEP Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the assessment and follow-up monitoring of patients with depression in Primary Care||Active|
|PROMs in Depression and Anxiety Disorders||Active|
|REDUCE (REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice)||Active|
|UNderstanding medIcal and non-medical anTibiotic prescribing for rEspiratory tract infections in primary care out of hours services: a qualitative analysis (The UNITE Study)||Active|
|Assessing Cognitive behavioural Therapy in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (ACTIB)||Active|
|Acupuncture for Back Pain: Evaluating Patient Outcomes and Their Determinants||Active|
|Creating a taxonomy to harness the placebo effect in UK primary care||Active|
|Positive Online Weight Reduction Plus (POWeR+)||Active|
|PROstate ACTIVE Surveillance support||Active|
|Treatment Beliefs in Back Pain||Active|
|Benefits of the Alexander Technique for sufferers with low back pain||Active|