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The School for Primary Care Research has received renewed funding, to the tune of £22 million, from the NIHR for the next five years (2021 - 2026). Ten million pounds has also be awarded by the NIHR Academy to continue our well established career development programme. This demonstrates a confidence in, and a commitment to, the School by the country's largest health and care funding body.

I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed Director of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. The renewed membership provides a real opportunity to build on past success whilst extending our remit to work with a broader group of partners.”
SPCR incoming Director, Professor Christian Mallen

This new phase of the SPCR has an explicit aim to strengthen the primary care research sector more broadly, covering sectors such as community nursing and pharmacy as well as general practice. The research agenda will be driven by the ambition to address the nation’s changing demographics and the corresponding impact on disease burdens and service demands. 

The School is delighted to have received this news and congratulates Keele University's Professor Christian Mallen who has been appointed Director for the next phase. We warmly welcome our two new members, primary care departments at the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London.  

As a collaborative School, we look forward to strengthening primary care research by covering a wider range of research to incorporate the community nursing and pharmacy sectors. In addition, the new phase of the SPCR is committed to collaborating with institutions beyond School membership such as the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Over the past 15 years, the NIHR SPCR has been pivotal in raising the profile of academic primary care. I am particularly grateful to Professor Richard Hobbs, outgoing Director, for working so tirelessly to achieve this.” 
- Professor Christian Mallen

The School would like to extend a special thank you to our outgoing Director, Professor Richard Hobbs, and our partners at the Universities of Cambridge and Newcastle, for the opportunities we have had to work with you over the past five years. We look forward to continuing collaborations with you in the future.

School member institutions have strong partnerships within, and outside of, the NIHR. These include NIHR Applied Research Collaborations, NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres and Centres of Excellence funded by charitable organisations. Member departments contribute to all NIHR Academy Fellowship Programmes, with several holding senior investigator and research professor awards.

The purpose, aims and objectives are outlined on the SPCR IV 2021 - 2026 website

News from the NIHR and our partners:

Refreshed NIHR School for Primary Care Research to strengthen whole primary care research sector NIHR

Keele professor appointed to lead prestigious School for Primary Care Research Keele University

University confirmed as partners in NIHR school to strengthen primary care research University of Southampton

Refreshed NIHR School for Primary Care Research to strengthen whole primary care research sector University of Bristol

Exeter excellence in primary care research recognised through NIHR research school membership University of Exeter

NIHR School for Primary Care Research relaunches with new focus to strengthen whole primary care research sector University of Oxford

Queen Mary joins NIHR School to strengthen primary care research  QMUL

University renews membership of primary care research network University of Nottingham