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The University of Southampton
Primary Care Research Centre


Please see some of our key collaborations below that help fund and support world leading research at Southampton. Please also view our patient and public involvement page and research collaborators page.

NIHR School for Primary Care Research

NIHR School for primary care research

Renewed funding from the NIHR for the next five years (2021-2026)

You can read the University published press release here and the SPCR article here.

Due to the high quality of its research, the Primary Care Research Centre has succeeded in open competition in being a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), which comprises the 9 best performing academic departments in England, for three consecutive 5 year terms. The SPCR funding brings great advantages to the Centre:

Post-doctoral fellowship award - October 2021
Dr Hilda Hounkpatin, Senior Research Fellow has been successful in her application for an SPCR post-doctoral fellowship. This is a 24 month fellowship due to start 1 October 2021. Hilda will be researching into 'Social isolation, loneliness and multimorbidity: a mixed methods study'.

PhD studentship award - October 2021
Amy Dobson - Amy will be researching 'Supporting parents and carers managing common infant symptons'.

PhD studentship award - March 2023
Immaculate Ajok Okello - Immaculate will be researching 'Support to improve type II diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) outcomes for African ethnic groups in England'.

PhD studentship award - September 2023
Katie Read
- Katie will be researching 'Improving communication about women's health in Primary Care'.

NIHR School for Primary Care Research Fellowships

Details will appear on this link: when the next competition opens.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome funded Primary Care Clinician PhD Programme

Southampton PCRC are proud to be a key partner in this PhD Programme which aims to:

The £8.7M programme is funded by Wellcome and will run for 5 years, funding a total of 45 PhD studentships.

Our vision is to create a diverse, inclusive, accountable doctoral training programme (and, indeed, wider research environment) which offers a hospitable and welcoming environment in which individuals can flourish and conduct excellent research.

The programme includes a consortium of leading primary care institutions led by Queen Mary University of London and including all nine current members of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)  and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge.





Our school is closely involved with several aspects of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex.

There are four main research areas:

Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health Foundation Trust

Solent NHS Trust
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

We are collaborating with Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health Foundation Trust who are providing vital hosting services for NIHR grant awards. We are working with both to try and grow and improve research capacity within the local NHS. We also offer research project taster opportunities, funded by research capacity funding from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, allowing a taster attachment to ongoing projects for all types of health professionals giving them the opportunity to understand the value of an academic career and what this might lead to. 

We have been awarded short term capacity building funds by both organisations to support a number of positions within the department.


September 2023

We are really pleased to announce that we have 7 new apprentices joining the ‘research taster scheme’ funded by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust RCF. The apprentices will be with our department until 31 March 2024 in order to learn more about all stages of the research cycle. 

Laura Bryant

Tom Diffey

Bronwyn Evans

Joanna Pang

Pippa Sealy

Rachel Smith

Fiona Tenters

AECC University College

AECC University College

The Southampton Initiative 2017 – 2021.

We worked with the AECC University College to increase the evidence base for chiropractic care and research capacity within the profession. Chiropractic care is widely used by the public for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions but the evidence for the efficacy and utility of provision of such conservative management within a primary care setting is limited. The AECC University College is keen to both increase the evidence base for such provision and the research capacity within the UK chiropractic profession. This in turn will help the public and health payers who want to understand that their investment in chiropractic care is likely to be helpful and value based.

Dave Newell Senior Research Fellow (for this initiative) led on this research collaboration and was based in our School part-time. Jonathan Field, Research Fellow worked with Dave building on our existing MSK portfolio along with a PhD student Marc Sanders whose project title is 'Exploration and evaluation of a triage and treat model delivered in NHS primary care into chiropractic care in the independent sector in Essex.
This program of work was funded by the Chiropractic Research Council supported by the British Chiropractic Association.


Wessex REACH


The Wessex REACH is an NIHR supported initiative to develop research capacity in Wessex to enable healthcare professionals to take research ideas from concept to reality.

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