The NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) will have funding of over £30 million over the next five years to support world-leading research into how primary care can deliver the best health care for NHS patients. It is a huge privilege for Keele to have been selected to be a member of this prestigious group of primary care departments and reflects the status and standing which Keele's primary care research has achieved. Membership includes the universities of Keele, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and University College London.
It will be supported by NIHR research funding in the region of £22 million to conduct clinical trials and other well-designed studies in primary care. In addition to supporting research, funding in the region of £10 million will be awarded to research training and capacity development. In this way, the SPCR will continue its mandate to increase the evidence base for primary care practice and train future leaders by providing multi-disciplinary training and career development opportunities.
Professor Elaine Hay, Director of the Research Institute, pictured, said: "This was a competitive process to identify the top primary care research centres in the country. Everyone in the Institute has contributed to achieving this success forKeele, and we should all be very proud of this outstanding achievement."
The research team at Keele are world leaders in the area of musculoskeletal research, bringing together clinical expertise in primary care and rheumatology with strengths in observational research, clinical trials and qualitative research. The team has a strong track record in delivering high quality research that drives forward and improves the care provided to patients with common musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and osteoarthritis in the community.
Notes to Editors:The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk).