School for Primary Care Research

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The School for Primary Care Research 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.

There is a total fund of £3 million per year available to support clinical trials and other well-designed studies in primary care and at the interface with secondary care.

The membership of the school increased from five founding academic university departments to eight in August 2009. The School now comprises the universities of:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Keele
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Southampton
  • University College London

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

NIHR Briefing Document

3.3 Research Schools