About us

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) is one of the leading centres in the UK which form the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Within the University of Bristol, CAPC is an integral part of the School of Social and Community Medicine, which is a internationally recognised centre of excellence for research and teaching in population health sciences.

We conduct high quality research within a number of themes relating to primary care and general practice and we provide teaching throughout the medical undergraduate curriculum. Our research and teaching is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach, as staff include academic health professionals, (GPs and nurses), statisticians, social scientists, health economists, and support staff.

We conduct work to the highest standards of rigour and quality, seeking to address important questions of relevance to the needs of patients, and valuing and developing the skills of our staff.

Our work includes the use of randomised controlled trials, observational studies, qualitative research methods and economic analysis. The excellence of our research was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, where 70% of our research submission was rated 3* or 4*.

The quality and range of research provides an excellent training environment for young researchers. We have an outstanding track record of obtaining research training fellowships from the MRC, Wellcome and NHS R&D Programme.

We work closely with the Primary Care Research Network South West (PCRN-SW) and Mental Health Research Network (MHRN).

CAPC strategy 2016 (PDF, 289kB)

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