Prof Peter Bower


Peter Bower is a Professor of Health Services Research and Lead at the Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester.

He has a first degree in psychology and first started to work in primary care when he took up a PhD studentship within the Department of General Practice at St George’s Hospital Medical School, exploring GP recognition of depression.

Following completion of the PhD, he joined the new National Primary Care Research and Development Centre (NPCRDC) at the University of Manchester, where he worked throughout the lifetime of the Centre.

Following the end of the NPCRDC, he stayed in Manchester to continue research work within the new Centre for Primary Care, which was a founder member of the new NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

His research interests include a focus on effective ways of improving management of long term conditions, with a focus on self-management and behaviour change, as well as the role of patient-centred care. He is very interested in the management of multi-morbidity, especially the combination of physical and mental health problems. He has a long-term interest in the evaluation of psychological therapies for common mental health problems. In methodological terms, he has core expertise in evidence synthesis and randomised controlled trials, although he has dabbled in all areas of health services research over the last 20 years.

As well as his work within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, he is part of the North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research , the CLAHRC for Greater Manchester  and the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.  He also has a role at the University of Manchester in the management of postgraduate research.

His University profile can be found here and he is an occasional user of Twitter (@bowercpcman)