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Primary Care Research Centre


Bethan Treadgold NIHR SPCR 2019 Showcase image courtesy of John Cairns
Bethan Treadgold NIHR SPCR 2019 Showcase image courtesy of John Cairns

The Primary Care Research Centre offers a broad spectrum of expertise both in methodologies and clinical topic areas. We are keen to attract graduates from all these disciplines to carry out postgraduate research. Students have at least 2 PhD supervisors with expertise in the field and receive core and tailored training including research methods, statistics and epidemiology and research ethics and governance.

Many of our former PhD students remain with us as Early Career Researchers and there is excellent integration of PhD students with the rest of the department through seminars, informal networking and integration of PhD projects with wider research themes. In addition we have a PhD support group and an annual PPM PhD Research Conference where students can present and share their work.

The Primary Care Research Centre currently has 7 PhD students and a total of 17 students within the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences & Medical Education. Our students are undertaking a broad range of work and their web profiles can be found below. The School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education students web profiles can be viewed on this page here. 
Please also see all our Student and Projects document.

Studentships in conjunction with the NIHR School for Primary Care Research can be found here and when applications are open.

The Wellcome Trust are supporting primary care clinicians through this Clinical PhD Programme. Application details will be posted on this page when the next competition is open.

Please contact: Professor Hazel Everitt at

Our current Primary Care Research Centre students are listed below.

Liz Angier

Developing and evaluating an intervention to support young people at risk of anaphylaxis. Web profile coming soon.

Ian Bennett-Britton

Developing a methodology of continuous, risk-based consultation peer-review to identify and minimise unwarranted variation in clinician practice in in-hours general practice.

Amy Dobson

Supporting parents and carers managing common infant symptoms.

Emilia Holland

Understanding the meaning of burden and complexity in the context of multimorbidity and how to access this in primary care data.

Samantha Hornsey

Exploring online forums to understand parents and families views about resources and sources of support for the management of childrens chronic insomnia in the community and primary care.

Stephanie Hughes

The impact of close interpersonal relationships in Active Surveillance (AS) related anxiety and depression in men with prostate cancer

Marc Sanders

Exploration & evaluation of a triage & treat model delivered in NHS primary care into chiropractic care in the independent sector in Essex. Click here to view Marc's supervisor Dr Dave Newell.

Annual School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education (PPM) PhD conference 24 Jan 2022 9am-1pm

PhD students from PPM presented their research virtually to a mixed audience of PhDs, supervisors and PPM staff.

The event included research of many different topics and different research methods. It was very successful with positive comments and discussions from both staff and students. Our PhD's enjoyed having the opportunity to present, receive feedback and answer questions. 

Thank you to Steph Hughes, Samantha Hornsey and Elena Alcoholado for organising.

PPM PhD conference 24 January 2022 programme and abstracts.


You can view the 2021 conference programme in 'Useful Downloads'.

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