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The programme was originally set up as part of the Brisbane Initiative, an international collaboration of universities founded by a small group of heads of primary care departments at a meeting in Brisbane in 2002. The SPCR will fund one place on the programme per year.

The International Primary Care Research Leadership programme is designed to foster and develop future leaders in primary care research. The programme consists of three residential meetings in Oxford designed to help participants explore different aspects of leadership in primary care research. Participants are encouraged to identify their own development needs, form peer learning sets and establish a two year follow up programme. They are provided with access to current leaders in primary care research, experts in strategic leadership and one-to-one coaching.

SPCR member departments are invited to nominate one candidate who has demonstrated the potential to become a future leader in primary care research. They will usually be 1-5 years post-doctoral. The School will fund the top two placed applicants from member departments from the eight applicants selected by the programme organisers.

For further details please visit the International Primary Care Leadership Programme website

SPCR funded candidates include:

2017: Alyson Huntley (Bristol) and Sarah Tonkin-Crine (Oxford) Read the blog.
2016: Fiona Hamilton (UCL) and Adam Geraghty (Southampton)
2015: Evan Kontopantelis (Manchester) and Fiona Stevenson (UCL) Read the blog.

Prior to this Matthew Ridd (Bristol), Kate Walters (UCL), Tom Blakeman (Manchester), Ceire Costelloe (Bristol), Sarah Slight (Nottingham), Christian Mallen (Keele) and Jeremy Howick (Oxford) were successful. 

The International Leadership Programme has given us a unique opportunity to extend our professional networks and broaden our horizons, either through discussions in Oxford or by visiting other departments.

Being part of this excellent research network increases (young) researchers motivation in research and self-confidence in advancing their career, and is also a figurehead on the CV.

Our cohort is a safe place to reflect on our work, career progression and balance between personal life and work. We learned leadership skills to increase our personal effectiveness and to distinguish between signal and noise. The cohort offers a tremendous peer support in all of these aspects."

- Prof Christian Mallen