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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


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. 


We run a programme of seminars for our academic unit, the schedule can be found in our 'Useful Downloads' section below.
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 Research Group pages (and under personal pages of research staff):

Primary Care Research 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 severity
Increasing awareness and reducing deaths from alcohol 

Postgraduate education

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 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 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

    Staff Vacancies:
    NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice.

    EVENT: 15 February 2018 10am-5pm, University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane. The Qualitative Group, Primary Care and Population Sciences, invites you to a 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 is an opportunity to learn about the uses and limits of mixed methods, and how to write up a qualitative PhD. The masterclass will include lectures and practical sessions, and a limited number of one to one supervisions. Numbers are limited to ensure opportunities for participation and discussion. Please register here.

    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.


    Staff MemberPrimary Position
    Sara AfsharPostgraduate research student
    Nisreen A AlwanAssociate Professor in Public Health
    Taeko BecqueResearch Fellow
    Dankmar BöhningDirector of S3RI
    Hannah M BowersResearch Fellow
    Sarah B BrienSenior Research Advisor
    Susan BroomfieldTrial Manager
    Heiner BucherVisiting Professor
    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
    Daniela GhioResearch Fellow in Health Psychology
    Kate Glyn-OwenPostgraduate research student
    Amy HallsQualitative Research Fellow in the Qualitative Group
    Doug HardmanPostgraduate research student
    Kim HarmanTrial Manager
    Luke HodgsonPostgraduate research student
    Hilda HounkpatinCLAHRC Research Fellow
    Xiao-Yang (Mio) HuResearch Fellow
    Stephanie HughesSenior Research Assistant & Postgraduate Student
    Athena IpPostgraduate research student
    Lynn K JosephsClinical Research Consultant Fellow
    Jo KellyTrial Manager
    Tony KendrickProfessor of Primary Care
    Lily Yuen Wan LaiPostdoctoral Research Fellow
    Geraldine LeydonProfessor of Medical Sociology & Healthcare Interaction
    Megan LiddiardTrial Coordinator
    Paul LittleProfessor of Primary Care Research
    Mark LownClinical Lecturer
    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
    Sarah OliverTrial Facilitator
    Wendy O’BrienProgramme Grant Manager, Senior Research Sister MRes, Health and Safety representative PCPS (AHC)
    Julie ParkesAssociate Professor Public Health
    Dean PhillipsSenior Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service South Central, University of Southampton
    Robin PoolePostgraduate research student
    James RafteryProfessor of Health Technology Assessment
    Emma RichardsPostgraduate research student
    Paul RoderickProfessor of Public Health
    Rachel RyvesPostgraduate Student
    Miriam SanterAssociate Professor in Primary Care Research
    Jackie SeelyPatient and Public Involvement Officer
    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
    Tessa Anne WadeTrial Co-ordinator
    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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