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

Keele - Keele University Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences

91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent by the Public Health, Health Services Research, and Primary Care assessment panel of the 2014 Universities UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).  On the basis of World Leading or Internationally Excellent research (3* and 4*), Keele is ranked 3rd nationally.

Kent - Centre for Health Service Studies

CHSS is one of three research centres within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. We have close links with our colleagues in the other two centres, PSSRU and the Tizard Centre.

Lancashire - University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.

Leeds - Academic Unit of Primary Care

The Academic Unit of Primary Care (AUPC) helps support, develop, promote and study primary care in West Yorkshire. Members of the unit, in partnership with University and NHS colleagues, undertake and support primary care research and provide high quality educational programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

Leicester - Division of Primary Care

The Division of Primary Care is made up of researchers across the Department of Health Sciences and Leicester Diabetes Centre who undertake Primary Care Research. 

The Division has three research groups: Quality and Service Delivery (QSD), Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry, and the Diabetes Research Centre. Academics from other research groups who conduct research in primary are also members.

Limerick - Graduate Entry Medical School

The graduate entry medical programme at the University of Limerick will produce doctors who are competent, confident and caring; who understand the scientific basis of medicine; who recognise the social and environmental context in which health and illness exist and in which medicine is practised; and who have skills for and commitment to service, teamwork, scientific enquiry, self-fulfilment and life-long learning.

Liverpool - Academic Primary Care

The Department of Primary care in Liverpool aims to stimulate conversations about primary care: to raise awareness, stimulate debate and develop new channels of communication about the meaning and value of the distinctive PC and APC approaches; as well as the challenges facing them both

London - City University

City University London is a leading international University and the only university in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions.

City University London is a special place. With skill and dedication, we have been using education, research and enterprise to transform the lives of our students, our community and the world for over a hundred years.

London - King's College London, School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences

The School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences provides the focus for community-based, public health and rehabilitation research and teaching within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. We have 150 academic, clinical, research and professional service staff working across two Departments, theDepartment of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences and the Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation. 


London - Queen Mary University of London

Based in Whitechapel in the heart of London's east end, the Centre aims to deliver world leading research and education to inform and support local and global primary care and public health policy.

London - South Bank University

The School of Health and Social Care comprises five leading-edge subject areas: Adult Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, and Primary and Social Care, as well our Institute of Vocational Learning which supports career development for working professionals. You can choose from a wide range of accredited courses, which will prepare you for a variety of careers in health and social care.

London - St George's University Of London

We pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience for our students - building on over 250 years of innovation and keeping pace with the health challenges of a changing NHS. Our dedication to students, staff and alumni is built on a commitment we share with them in improving and advancing health.

Manchester - Centre for Primary Care

Primary care research and postgraduate teaching in Manchester covers a broad range of policy and practice themes relevant to primary care and the NHS. The group is a large and lively complement of multi-disciplinary researchers interested in researching a wide range of topics relevant to primary care and policy.

Our eclectic and broad view of what primary care is has helped shape the strategic focus of our long-term research, which is characterised by a blend of contributions from a wide range of disciplines. These include:

Newcastle - Institute of Health & Society

The Population Health Sciences Institute contributes significantly to Newcastle University's mission of Transforming Health. Our vision is to transform the health of individuals and populations through pioneering translational research and education in public health, health services research and health-related social science.

Nottingham - Division of Primary Care

We are one of the foremost primary care centres in the UK, with 82% of our research judged as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Part of the NIHR National School of Primary Care Research, we are a multi-disciplinary unit of over 130 people, including practising GPs, other health professionals, psychologists, statisticians, research and support staff.

Oxford - Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

A department of the University of Oxford, they undertake internationally acclaimed teaching and research that improves the primary care that your GP practice delivers.

They also 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.