Rethinking community health care delivery
Our mission is to deliver world-class research, engagement and training that advances primary care, influences health policy and develops professional skills for the delivery of better health care in the community.
Through several programmes of work, our multidisciplinary team of researchers work in collaboration to address the contemporary issues in primary care, rethinking and redesigning the way that health care is delivered locally, nationally and internationally.
Our research is internationally excellent. Our department was ranked the top centre for primary care research in the UK in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework exercise. We were similarly judged a top centre on our 1996–2008 assessments, so have been one of the world’s most important primary care centres for almost 20 years.
Our research is led by internationally renowned scientists; many of whom are practising GPs. We cover the broad range of issues that you might expect to consult your GP about including cardiovascular and metabolic disease, infectious diseases and childhood illness, diet, smoking and alcohol-related issues, and cancer. We also focus on understanding and improving the experiences of patients, using big data, developing digital health interventions, working internationally and studies of health policy and systems. We have methodological expertise in clinical decision making and diagnostics, clinical epidemiology, medical statistics, modeling and qualitative research. We also have a dedicated in-house Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit.
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. We also provide a highly supportive environment for postgraduates whether they are registered for a DPhil, enrolled on one of our short courses or the Evidence Based Health Care programme. We welcome domestic and international students to join our experienced and enthusiastic teachers, mentors and supervisors in aspirational study and research.
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. To ensure our research is relevant and beneficial, we work closely with patient and public representatives.
staff and students working to develop new evidence and innovations in primary care.
GP practices taking years 4-6 medical students on their GP attachment.
patient and public representatives involved in shaping our projects.
primary care research themes. Find out more
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Our extensive portfolio of primary care research covers ten clinical and multi-disciplinary themes, aiming to deliver better health care in the community.Explore our research
Find out about our educational opportunities, which include undergraduate, postgraduate, professional development and academic clinical fellowships.Training opportunities
We are host to several important research centres:
- NIHR School for Primary Care Research
- Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
- UK Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group
- National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Oxford
- NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative
- Three themes of the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre