About The Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
We undertake internationally acclaimed teaching and research that improves the primary care that your GP practice delivers.
We teach elements of the undergraduate programme in Medicine including arranging placements for medical students in GP practices. Our teaching is consistently ranked very highly by Oxford undergraduates.
Primary care refers to services provided by GP practices (and also includes dental practices, community pharmacies and high street optometrists). About 90% of people’s contact with the NHS is with these services. In the USA it’s generally known as Family Medicine.
Our research is internationally excellent. Our department was ranked the top centre for primary care research in the UK in the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise. We were similarly judged a top centre on our 1996-2001 assessment, so have been one of the world’s most important primary care centres for over 15 years.
This research is led by internationally renowned scientists; many of whom are practicing GP’s. We cover the broad range of issues that you might expect to consult your GP about including behavioural medicine, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, childhood illness, health policy, infection, international health, and health experience.
Our research is very quickly translated into improvements in patient care. In just the past 5 years our research has changed NICE clinical guidelines in many areas, including research that has identified early signs of serious illness in children, enhanced the diagnostic pathways for diabetes, heart failure and for hypertension, improved the recognition and treatment of stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, and altered health policy on smoking cessation to name but a few.
We have methodological expertise in clinical decision making and diagnostics, clinical epidemiology, medical statistics, modeling, qualitative research and clinical trials. And we are host to several important research centres, including
- The NIHR School for Primary Care Research
- The Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
- The UK Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and
- The Health Experiences Institute with Green Templeton College
We provide a highly supportive environment for postgraduates whether they are registered for a DPhil, enrolled on one of our short courses or the International Programme in Evidence Based Medicine. We welcome domestic and international students to join our experienced and enthusiastic teachers, mentors and supervisors in aspirational study and research.