Institution directory

This page lists all UK university departments and groups of academic primary care. All institutions are represented in the Heads of Departments group and every department can has a SAPC Ambassador who acts as a link between the unit and SAPC.

We provide a departmental resource pack to support their work. If you are a department listed here and don't yet have an Ambassador, please contact us

Aberdeen - Academic Primary Care

Aberdeen Academic Primary Care has an established reputation in several key areas of primary care research.  All teams conduct research that cuts across our three main themes.

Belfast - Queen's Belfast Department of General Practice and Primary Care

The department of General Practice was established at Queens University in 1971, the fifth to be created in the United Kingdom. The department occupies the fourth floor of the purpose built Dunluce Health Centre and plays a major role in medical education in the first, second, fourth and final undergraduate years. The department has an extensive research programme and provides a range of postgraduate courses for general practitioners.

Birmingham - Institute of Applied Health Research

Institute of Applied Health Research at Birmingham is one of the largest centres for academic primary care in Europe - focusing on applied and translational research under five main clinical programmes

Brighton and Sussex - Primary Care and Health Services

At BSMS our Primary Care and Health Services Research activity brings together a wide range of disciplines to address clinical and healthcare challenges. These disciplines include general practice, public health, epidemiology, statistics, psychology and sociology.

Bristol - Centre for Academic Primary Care

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) is one of the leading centres in the UK which form the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Within the University of Bristol, CAPC is an integral part of the School of Social and Community Medicine, which is a internationally recognised centre of excellence for research and teaching in population health sciences.

Buckingham - University of Buckingham Medical School

Building on from the Buckingham ethos of putting the student first and above all else, our medical school is small enough for our students to be part of a coherent and supportive community, and large enough to provide all the experience you need to become a medical practitioner.

Cambridge - Primary Care Unit

The Primary Care Unit is part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences. 

Through our primary care research and teaching, we aim to identify and target the behaviours that lead to chronic disease; improve early detection of disease; improve the quality of health services; and deliver first class teaching to medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.

Cardiff - Population Medicine

We are committed to delivering research that makes a difference to people’s lives and has an impact.​

We do this through our research into the combination of social, environmental and biological risk factors and interventions for improving health, wellbeing and patient care.​

Cork - University College Cork

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

Dublin - Trinity College Dublin

Trinity is Ireland’s top ranked university, and the only Irish university in the world top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2013/14).

Dublin - University College Dublin


Founded one hundred and sixty years ago, University College Dublin has continued to make a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland.

Durham - Centre for Integrated Health Care Research

The Centre for Integrated Health Care Research provides an academic interface for health care professionals. Our work is based on clinical research, particularly around the management of patients across the primary/secondary care interface. The Centre provides research training and mentoring and is funded to facilitate academic development to primary care professionals, particularly from the Durham locality. We work closely with NHS research bodies, and we have partnerships with Acute Trusts and Primary Care Trusts.

East Anglia - Unversity of East Anglia - Department of Primary Care

Our research combines clinical, epidemiological and social sciences to extend knowledge that addresses the core challenges of primary care. We focus our research on patient needs, working both with quantitative and qualitative approaches, and addressing issues both at the level of individual patients and populations.

Edinburgh - Centre for Population Health Sciences

An interdisciplinary research hub, the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine.

Galway - National University of Ireland

We are a young (established 1997) and vibrant discipline which has quickly grown into the largest such discipline on the island of Ireland. We undertake nationally and internationally acclaimed teaching and research which we hope contributes to the care that you receive from your local general practitioner.

Glasgow - General Practice and Primary Care

General Practice and Primary Care (GPPC) at the University of Glasgow has 36 academic and research staff and 11 support staff.

Our research group is located within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing which brings together the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, research groups in mental health, public health, health economics, and the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, as well as the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit, into an interdisciplinary grouping of over 200 staff benefiting from frequent and regular seminar programmes and thematic workshops.