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The University of Southampton
Primary Care


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

NIHR School for Primary Care Research

NIHR School for primary care research

Due to the high quality of its research, the Primary care group 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 two consecutive 5 years terms. The SPCR funding brings great advantages to the group:






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 apprenticeships, funded by research capacity funding from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, allowing a taster 12 month 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.


AECC University College

AECC University College

We are working 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 is leading on this research collaboration and is based in our School part-time. Jonathan Field, Research Fellow will be working with Dave building on our existing MSK portfolio and a PhD studentship will be available in due course. This program of work is funded by the Chiropractic Research Council supported by the British Chiropractic Association.




We have established links with a herbal medicine producer (Pukka) who have supported a PhD studentship, Martin Logue.

Future collaborations are planned to further develop our herbal research for antimicrobial stewardship and MSK pain relief.

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