We are proud to re-launch our Research Engagement Hub, a platform the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have created in collaboration National Institute for Health Research - School of General Practice (NIHR-SPCR) to celebrate and showcase academic general practice.
Our aim is to engage and inspire GPs to think about their future and how research can further their careers. The hub is home to GP testimonials explaining how they became academic GPs, advice on how to get into academic research and what support is available.
"I want to highlight that it is never too late to get involved in research. It has shaped the careers of many aspiring and trainee GPs and has added another dimension to the careers of experienced ones.
In addition to being a GP, I am also a clinical academic at UCL. I’ve found that academic research complements my clinical work. Balancing my time between the two introduced more variety into my week, has allowed me to work with other academic GPs and learn about other avenues of general practice.
Involvement in high-quality primary care research has allowed academic GPs to improve the lives of millions across the country. They have found new ways to advance general practice, patient experiences and wellbeing."
- Prof Martin Marshall, RCGP Chair
If you, as a General Practitioner, have a topic of interest or you want to try to change something in general practice, then research may be for you. You have the freedom to choose your subject, which can cover more clinical work on respiratory health and personalised care to community setting projects on health advocacy. The great thing about research, is that you have control over your career direction. Being introduced to general practice academia has allowed others to explore and find out more about the field.
Our testimonials emphasise the importance of a support network amongst academic GPs. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact other academics and look around at our resources.
The Research Engagement Hub was developed collaboratively with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Institute for Health Research - School of General Practice (NIHR-SPCR).