Dr Katrina Turner and Professor John Macleod have been appointed joint Heads of the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) and the Bristol NIHR School for Primary Care Research. They will take up the post on 2 October 2017.
Dr Turner is a senior qualitative researcher who has particular expertise in designing and overseeing qualitative studies nested within large randomised controlled trials, and developing and supervising the qualitative elements of large programme grants. Most of her research has been in the area of primary care mental health.
Professor MacLeod is a quantitative researcher with postgraduate training in clinical epidemiology. He is also a practising GP. His main interest is in understanding and reducing health inequality, particularly in younger people. He also leads a programme of research funded by the Wellcome Trust on the use of routine data to enhance health research.
Both are active in teaching and lead ‘helical’ themes (topics that cut across speciality areas) across the five years of Bristol’s new undergraduate medical curriculum.
On their appointment, Dr Turner and Professor MacLeod said:
“This is a great opportunity to lead one of the best centres of primary care research and teaching in the world and to make it even better. Our role will be to ensure continued excellence in research and teaching and to nurture and value the staff through whom this excellence is achieved. The breadth of experience we bring puts us, we believe, in a strong position to do this.
“From Debbie Sharp to Chris Salisbury and more recently, Gene Feder, CAPC has benefited from fantastic leadership. These colleagues are hard acts to follow but we are excited by the challenge. We look forward to working together, with the CAPC team, and with our wide range of stakeholders, including funders, partners, GP teachers, students, patients and the public, to help drive improvements in primary care locally, nationally and internationally.”