Newcastle selected as leading centre for primary care research

Newcastle selected as leading centre for primary care research
Professor Louise Robinson.

We join nine other institutions as part of the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR).

The selection panel commended our excellence and focus on ageing primary care related research. The successful bid was led by Professor Louise Robinson, Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, who holds a prestigious NIHR Translational Professorship and directs Newcastle University Institute for Ageing. The bid was supported by a team from the Institute for Health and Society including Professor Eileen Kaner, Institute Director, and Barbara Hanratty, Professor of Primary Care.

Professor Louise Robinson said: "This is a great boost for academic primary care in the north. Older people make up a significant proportion of patients in primary care, and our research will help people to live better for longer."

The School will be supported by funding of over £30million over five years. The other member universities include Bristol, Cambridge, Keele, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and University College London.

NIHR and the SPCR

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The NIHR has established three national schools: School for Primary Care Research, School for Social Care Research, and School for Public Health Research. They represent a unique collaboration between the leading academic centres in England. The School for Primary Care Research was founded in 2006 to increase and develop the evidence base for practice in the primary care. It supports high quality research and provides strategic leadership to support the development of primary care research.

We have been member of the School for Public Health Research since 2012. Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, is a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities.

Postgraduate courses

We have a variety of taught courses and research programmes that include teaching or research in ageing or primary care related areas.

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published on: 5 January 2017