primary care and health services

The Primary Care and Health Services research activity brings together a wide range of disciplines to address clinical and healthcare challenges. These disciplines include general practice, public health, epidemiology, statistics, psychology, and sociology.

We offer strong methodological skills in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, in particular survey design, health outcome measurement, pragmatic community based randomised control trials and analysis of large data sets. Our work focuses mainly on allergy, sexually transmitted disease, and cancer. Working with existing data sets enables us to understand causes of disease (for instance, thyroid cancer) as well as patterns of disease referral and management (for example in ovarian cancer). The management of allergy and sexually transmitted diseases in primary care are priority areas because of increasing prevalence and unmet patient need. Through the development and evaluation of technologies (both clinical and service organisation) we are developing ways to better manage patients in a non-specialist setting. Our academics have experience of supervising masters and PhD students in a wide range of subjects. In all our areas of research we are keen to develop links with colleagues at our parent universities (Sussex and Brighton), across the UK and abroad.

We maintain close links with the NIHR Clinical Research Network and through this have links with over 200 general practices around Kent, Surrey and Sussex to recruit patients for research trials and studies. The research conducted by the Division informs our teaching across the BSMS undergraduate curriculum, in the areas of general practice, population medicine and healthcare systems. A total of 130 local GP practices are actively involved in clinical teaching. GPs who are interested in undergraduate teaching opportunities should refer to the GP Teachers page. General practitioners without an existing contract with BSMS may be eligible for an honorary academic title. Honorary titles are granted in recognition of wider involvement in the medical school, for example research collaboration and unpaid teaching/assessment activities.

The Division hosts NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows in General Practice for both foundation year doctors and GP trainees. Fellows in the latter group typically undertake the BSMS Masters of Research (MRes) as part of their training in academic primary care. We welcome applications for these posts via the National Recruitment Office for GP Training (NRO).


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