School for Primary Care Research

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The School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) was the first school to be established within the NIHR in October 2006. The School comprises the leading academic centres for primary care research in England and their focus is on research to improve everyday practice in primary care.

The School has two complementary roles:

  • to conduct high-quality research to increase the amount of evidence to support primary care practice
  • to train future research leaders by providing multidisciplinary training and career development opportunities for all types of professionals who can contribute to primary care research.

The membership of the school increased from five founding academic university departments to eight in August 2009. The School is currently comprised of:

  • University of Birmingham
  • University Bristol
  • Keele University 
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London (UCL)

Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Primary Care, University of Oxford, is Director of the School.

Following an open competition in the summer of 2014, the renewed and refreshed membership of the NIHR SPCR, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2020, will comprise of:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Keele University
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London (UCL)

Professor Richard Hobbs has been re-appointed as Director for the School’s second five-year term.


NIHR Briefing Document

3.3 Research Schools