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Primary Care & Population Sciences

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

We run a programme of seminars for our school, please view our seminars here
Our seminars are by invitation only, please contact Elena if you would like to attend

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 websites (and under personal pages of research staff):

Primary Care website

Primary Care Group
Population Health Sciences Research Group

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.
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 severityIncreasing awareness and reducing deaths from alcohol

Postgraduate education

To view our current PCPS PhD/DM students 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 and we have an annual conference day where our students can present and share their work.

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 third-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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Our staff opportunities are featured on this page.

The results of the BATHE study are in! Watch a short summary here.  

REDUCE study mentioned in The New York Times article, Many people taking antidepressants discover they cannot quit. Long-term use of the medications is surging in the United States, according to an analysis by The Times. One reason: withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to stop. April 2018.

New Primary Care website launched. February 2018.

EVENT: 15 February 2018 10am-5pm, University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane. The Qualitative Group, Primary Care and Population Sciences, put on a very successful one day masterclass on 'Designing and completing qualitative research' led by world-renowned expert Professor David Silverman. Aimed at PhD students, and also beneficial for early career researchers, this masterclass provided an opportunity to learn about the uses and limits of mixed methods, and how to write up a qualitative PhD. The masterclass included lectures and practical sessions, and a limited number of one to one supervisions. February 2018.

PCPS PhD annual conference - our fourth annual PhD conference took place on 31 January 2018, the conference gave our PhDs the opportunity to present the research they are conducting as part of their studies. Please see a report of the day in our 'Useful downloads' section and on our PhD webpage. January 2018.

Michael Moore et al published paper news story - Chewing gum and probiotics no good in alleviating sore throats. December 2017.

Delayed prescriptions or shorter courses of treatment could be a way of fighting antibiotic resistance, read the story here. This has also been covered in the media, Daily Mail, Daily Echo, The Statesman, Business Standard and many more. August 2017.

New Scientist article, 'People are hacking antidepressant doses to avoid withdrawal', comment by Professor Tony Kendrick.
The Times article, Dr Mark Porters writes 'One in ten people is on antidepressants and some need to come off them', he discusses the REDUCE study. July 2017.

Please see 'Herbal medicine for comprehensive patient care' article (page 6) or view in our 'Useful downloads' section, written for the School for Primary Care Research newsletter by Dr Lily Lai and Dr Xiao-yang Hu.

Dr Nisreen Alwan and the PCPS Public Health team
had a stand at the Science and Engineering Festival 18 March 2017. Please view the full story in our 'Useful downloads' section above.

Professor George Lewith and Mark Lown have written in The Conversation about a Mulberry leaf extract which could reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Read it in full here. Gov.UK have followed on from this and added the following news story to their website, read in full here.

Guardian letter 23 Feb 2017, Professor George Lewith - Burnout, stress and drinking in the NHS.

On 10 February, 30 delegates attended a Masterclass led by Professor David Silverman, and hosted by PCPS Qualitative Group, on Writing Qualitative Data. World renowned expert Professor Silverman illustrated lectures and practical sessions with his own research on healthcare and counselling, and provided one-to-one sessions with six PhD students. Feedback was very good, with many delegates pleased to have the opportunity to discuss their research with other researchers, as well as Professor Silverman himself. We hope to welcome him back to Southampton in the new year.

Radio 5 live, Professor Tony Kendrick talks (approx 25 minutes in) about the REDUCE study looking at web support.

Our annual PCPS PhD conference took place on 30 January 2017. The conference gave all our PhDs the opportunity to present the research they are conducting as part of their studies. Please see the report of the day in the Useful Downloads above named PCPS annual PhD day report.

New Research supervised by Professor George Lewith suggests doctors' burnout should be treated as organisation-wide problem, please see news story here for full details.

Congratulations to Professor Nuala McGrath, who has been appointed as a 'Commissioner' for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Coinciding with European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, a TRACE (Translational Research on Antimicrobial resistance and Community-acquired infections in Europe) e-learning presentation is now online. Professor Paul Little is part of the TRACE collaborative which produced the learning module entitled: 'Safe and effective management of primary care patients with acute cough while reducing unnecessary antibiotic use'.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 14-20 November 2016 - Professor Michael Moore has given a webinar run by Public Health England on 'Assessing the need for antibiotics', Professor Paul Little also gave a webinar on 'Back-up prescriptions'.

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.

PCPS contribute to NIHR 5 year BRC grant worth £15million - Associate Professor Borislav Dimitrov and Professor Mark Mullee have contributed to this success, please read the story here.

Research Staff

List of all staff members in Primary Care & Population Sciences
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Nisreen A AlwanAssociate Professor in Public Health
Taeko BecqueResearch Fellow
Dankmar BöhningProfessor of Statistics, Director of S3RI
Hannah M BowersResearch Fellow
Sarah B BrienSenior Research Advisor
Susan BroomfieldTrial Manager
Heiner BucherVisiting Professor
Rachel Dewar-Haggart (nee Ryves)Senior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student
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 FraserAssociate Professor of Public Health
Steve GeorgeEmeritus Fellow
Adam GeraghtySenior Research Fellow
Daniela GhioResearch Fellow in Primary Care and Population Sciences
Kate Glyn-OwenPostgraduate research student
Amy HallsQualitative Research Fellow in the Qualitative Group
Doug HardmanPostgraduate research student
Luke HodgsonPostgraduate research student
Hilda HounkpatinCLAHRC Research Fellow
Xiao-Yang (Mio) HuResearch Fellow
Stephanie HughesSenior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student
Anna Christina HuntSenior Research Assistant ANTLER Trial
Athena IpPostgraduate research student
Lynn K JosephsClinical Research Consultant Fellow
Jo KellyTrial Manager
Tony KendrickProfessor of Primary Care
Dorit KunkelSenior Research Fellow
Lily Yuen Wan LaiPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Geraldine LeydonProfessor of Medical Sociology & Healthcare Interaction
Megan LiddiardTrial Coordinator
Paul LittleProfessor of Primary Care Research
Martin LoguePostgraduate Research Student
Mark LownClinical Lecturer
Barrie MargettsEmeritus Professor
Kate MartinsonTrial Manager
Clare McDermottResearch Fellow
Nuala McGrathProfessor of Epidemiology and Sexual Health
Ruairidh MilneProfessorial Fellow in Public Health
Michael MooreProfessor of Primary Health Care Research
Sara A Morgan (nee Afshar)Research Fellow
Leanne MorrisonLecturer in Health Psychology
Mark MulleeProfessorial Fellow in Medical Statistics
Ingrid MullerLecturer, Primary Care and Population Sciences
Dave NewellSenior Research Fellow
Gillian O'ReillyTrial Manager
Sarah OliverTrial Facilitator
Wendy O’BrienProgramme Grant Manager, Senior Research Sister MRes, Health and Safety representative PCPS (AHC)
Julie ParkesProfessor of Public Health
Dean PhillipsSenior Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service South Central, University of Southampton
Ruth PickeringProfessor of Medical Statistics
Robin PoolePostgraduate research student
James RafteryProfessor of Health Technology Assessment
Emma RichardsPostgraduate research student
Paul RoderickProfessor of Public Health
Miriam SanterAssociate Professor in Primary Care Research
Jackie SeelyPatient and Public Involvement Officer
Kirsten SmithResearch Fellow
Beth StuartAssociate Professor
Dominic TaylorPostgraduate Research Student (MD)
Emma TeasdaleResearch Fellow
Mike ThomasProfessor of Primary Care Research
Tammy ThomasTrial Manager
Bethan TreadgoldPostgraduate research student
Jeanne TrillPostgraduate research student
Jane VennikResearch Fellow
Sam WildingSenior Research Assistant
Merlin L WillcoxAcademic Clinical Lecturer
Samantha WilliamsQualitative Senior Research Assistant
Ian WilliamsonVisiting Fellow
Wendy WoodSenior Research Adviser
Catherine Jane WoodsResearch Fellow
Guiqing Lily YaoAssociate Professor in Health Economics & Head of Health Economics Analyses Team (HEAT)
Han (Alex) ZhengPostgraduate research student
Nida ZiauddeenPostgraduate research student

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