The NIHR funds and supports world-class experts in the field of primary care. In addition, our experts in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (National Specialty Leads) can advise on delivering your primary care study in the NHS.
Associate Professor Philip Evans MPhil FRCGP is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Primary Care.
Associate Professor Evans is a GP at St Leonard’s Practice in Exeter, Devon. He is the NIHR Clinical Research Network Specialty Cluster Lead for Dermatology, Mental Health, Primary Care and Public Health based at King’s College in London and the National Specialty Lead for Primary Care both inside and outside of general practice.
He trained in Guy’s Hospital and then did GP training in Plymouth before moving to Exeter as a GP in 1987 and he has been in the same practice ever since. Professor Evans was an RCGP Research Training Fellow from 1988-1990 and then Lecturer in the University of Exeter. He is now an Associate Professor in the University of Exeter Medical School. He has a research interest in the management of pre-diabetes and also the prevention and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in primary care.
He has been Director of three Primary Care Research Networks, most recently the Primary Care Research Network South West. He is married with three grown-up children
Professor Richard Hobbs is the National Director of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (2009-) and was co-Director of the Quality and Outcomes (QOF) Review Panel from 2005-09. He sits on many national and international scientific and research funding boards, including the Council of the British Heart Foundation (until 2012), the Board of the British Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, and am President of the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (EPCCS).
His research interests focus on cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical trials, especially relating to vascular and stroke risk, and heart failure. Overall his publications include 28 book chapters, 13 edited books and over 350 original papers in peer reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Atherosclerosis, EHJ and Stroke. His research has impacted on international health policies and clinical guidelines. Within the NHS, he has consulted on National Service Frameworks for CHD, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure and several National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) reviews. He has also provided clinical care in inner-city general practice for over 30 years.