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Primary care and health services

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Primary care and health services

At BSMS our 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 priority areas

Our priority research areas include allergies, sexually transmitted diseases 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). We focus on the management of allergies and sexually transmitted diseases in primary care because both conditions are increasing in prevalence with unmet patient needs.

Our networks

We maintain close links with the National Institute for Health Research (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 throughout the BSMS undergraduate curriculum, in the areas of general practice, population medicine and healthcare systems.

In all our areas of research we are keen to develop links with colleagues at our parent universities (Sussex and Brighton), the local health economy, and with academic colleagues across the UK and internationally.

Clinical teaching

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 sustained involvement in the medical school, including  provision of community placements, research collaboration, teaching, student assessment and examination.

The Division hosts NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows in General Practice and academic  foundation doctors. Our research fellows join an existing research team, contribute to undergraduate teaching  and also undertake a Masters degree in research methods (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).

Become a GP teacher

Find out about how you can share your experience in general practice by becoming a GP teacher for BSMS.

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