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Professor Hazel Everitt MBChB, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRCGP

Professor of Primary Care Research

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Professor Hazel Everitt is Deputy Head of the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Head of the Primary Care Research Centre, Professor of Primary Care Research and is a GP at New Horizon’s Medical Partnership, Totton, Southampton.


Improving evidence for managing common conditions, translating research findings into primary care clinical practice and supporting self-management has the potential to make a significant difference to patients’ lives

As a GP and clinical academic, Professor Hazel Everitt leads research studies in primary care providing high quality evidence to help better manage common long term conditions that can have a significant impact on people’s lives, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Her research interests include: improving communication in health care consultations, supporting patients to self-manage conditions, developing internet based support tools, and improving the translation of research evidence into clinical practice.

She also is co-author of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice. A handbook that aims to provide a concise synthesis of the best evidence, guidelines and sources of further information, to help GPs manage the broad range of conditions seen in primary care.


Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) November 2016.

PhD: Management of Acute Infective Conjunctivitis in General Practice. University of Southampton November 2006.

MSc Epidemiology: Principles and Practice. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine November 2004.

Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) Pass with Distinction. July 1998.

MBChB Bristol University Medical School - with Distinction in Public Health Medicine. June 1993.

BSc(Hons) 1st Class Anatomical Science (Intercalation) Bristol University. June 1990.

Appointments held

Professor August 2019. Primary Medical Care Research. University of Southampton.

Associate Professor March 2015. Primary Medical Care. University of Southampton.

Clinical Lecturer in General Practice February 2007 to February 2015. Primary Medical Care. University of Southampton.


Research interests

Gastrointestinal conditions in Primary Care

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Prof Everitt is Co-Chief Investigator for ATLANTIS an NIHR HTA funded double blind placebo controlled multicentre trial of low-dose amitriptyline for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in primary care.

Prof Everitt was Chief Investigator for a NIHR HTA funded multicentre trial assessing the clinical and cost effectiveness of therapist delivered cognitive behavioural therapy and web-based self-management in irritable bowel syndrome (ACTIB). She is working to make these successfully trialled interventions available to patients via the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services.

Coeliac Disease

Prof Everitt is working with researchers in Bristol on an NIHR funded study using systematic reviews and economic models to explore the optimum strategy for identifying adults and children with coeliac disease.

Doctor Patient Communication

Good communication is fundamental to effective health care. Prof Everitt is leading a NIHR School of Primary Care study, Empathica, exploring ways to enhance empathy and positive expectations in primary care consultations.

Improving use of medicines

Prof Everitt is leading recruitment at Southampton PCRC for the ATHENA trial assessing low dose amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia.

The Management of Insomnia in General Practice

Prof Everitt has published research into how GPs currently manage insomnia in their patients and has lead a Cochrane systematic review of Antidepressants for Insomnia.

Minor Illness - with a particular interest in Acute Infective Conjunctivitis

Prof Everitt undertook a body of work on the management of acute infective conjunctivitis (AIC) in primary care as her PhD. This included a survey of how GPs manage AIC, qualitative work with patients on their perceptions of AIC and their ideas, concerns and expectations of treatment, and a large RCT of topical antibiotics and patient information leaflets for acute infective conjunctivitis.


Please visit the Primary Care  website.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate Department(s)

Research project(s)

ACTIB - Assessing Cognitive behavioural Therapy in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Antidepressants for Insomnia: Cochrane systematic review

ATHENA: Amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia

Creating a taxonomy to harness the placebo effect in UK primary care

Empathica: Expectation Management for Patients in Primary Care: Developing and Feasibility Testing a New Digital Intervention for Practitioners

Patients’ experiences of self-management interventions for chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia: A systematic review and thematic synthesis (CWP Qualitative Review)

The Atlantis study: Amitriptyline at Low-dose and Titrated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome as Second-line Treatment: A Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial

Amitriptyline at Low-dose and Titrated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome as Second-line Treatment: A Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial

Talking in Primary Care 2: Testing the effects of communication skills e-learning for practitioners on patients’ musculoskeletal pain and enablement (TIP2)

AIM study - The development and validation of population clusters for integrating health and social care: A mixed-methods study on Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTC)

School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education (PPM) responsibilities

National Responsibilities

  • Member of the Scientific Foundation Board, Royal College of General Practitioners.
  • Deputy Academic Capacity Development Lead for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.
  • Wessex NIHR Director co-lead for the NIHR Wessex REACH Incubator.
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Book Chapters

  • Coleman, N., & Everitt, H. (2013). Interface between primary and secondary care. In A. Emmanuel, & E. M. M. Quigley (Eds.), Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Diagnosis and Clinical Management (pp. 93-118). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Everitt, H. (2004). Viral conjunctivitis. In R. Wormald, K. Henshaw, & L. Smeeth (Eds.), Evidence-Based Ophthalmology (Evidence-Based Medicine). BMJ Publishing Group.


  • Co-Lead for Final Year medical student Critical Appraisal teaching.
  • Delivers 3rd Year Medical student lecture on the impact of IBS.
  • Medical student OSCE examiner and Medical student selection interviewer for Southampton.
  • Offers BMedSci projects in Primary Care and 3rd Year Research Conference marker.

Postgraduate student supervision

Supervision of 2 PhD students and ACF lead.

November 2019

Hazel Everitt has written a blog in relation to the ACTIB study for the NIHR.
Improving access to talking therapies for IBS patients.

September 2019

Benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy for IBS continues 2 years after treatment. You can also view the video abstract for this study.

11 April 2019

Press release for published paper in GUT for the ACTIB study
Cognitive behavioural therapy can provide better long-term relief for IBS symptoms than current standard treatment.
Read the full story here.

21 August 2015
RCGP John Fry award, National Award for Primary Care academic Dr Hazel Everitt.

Dr Hazel Everitt has won the 'Best Poster Competition' at the NIHR School for Primary Care Research 2014 Annual Showcase. Poster title: 'Antidepressants for Insomnia - Cochrane Review'. The poster is available to view in the 'Useful downloads' section.

Dr Hazel Everitt has won the University of Southampton's Faculty of Medicine NIHR/SoCAT Research Prize 2014
For research paper:
Management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: the results of an exploratory randomised controlled trial of mebeverine, methylcellulose, placebo and a self-management website.
BMC Gastroenterology.2013, 13:68.DOI: 10.1186/1471-230X-13-68. URL:
Dr Everitt is presenting this at the Faculty of Medicine Research Conference on 19th June 2014.

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