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Professor Chris Salisbury

Professor Chris Salisbury

Professor Chris Salisbury
M.B.,Ch.B.(Bristol), M.Sc.(Lond.), D.R.C.O.G., FRCGP, MD

Professor in Primary Health Care

Area of research

Provision of primary health care

Office 1.12
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3314530


My research interests relate to how best to provide primary health care, and the implications of new models of organisation on the core values of general practice such as first contact care, generalism, continuity of care, and the doctor-patient relationship.

My work has included studies of GP out-of-hours care, NHS Walk-in Centres, GPs with specialist interests, the expanding role of nurse practitioners, and evaluations of the Advanced Access initiative and PhysioDirect services. I have recently completed a 5 year NIHR funded programme of research on the role of telehealth in supporting people with long term conditions (the 'Healthlines' trial) and a study on the potential of alternatives to face to face consultations in general practice through greater use of email, internet video and telephone. In recent years my main focus has been how general practice should respond to improving care for the growing number of people with multiple health conditions, or 'multimorbidty'. This included the largest randomised controlled trial ever conducted of a systematic approach to improving care using a patient-centred care model - the 3D trial.


Chris Salisbury MB ChB MSc MD FRCGP trained in Bristol and then spent ten years as a full time GP in Reading, also working as a GP trainer and postgraduate tutor. In 1995 he was appointed to a senior lecturer post at Imperial College London and in 1997 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Chris moved to the University of Bristol in 1998 and was promoted to a personal chair as Professor of Primary Health Care in 2004. He holds honorary consultant contracts with NHS Bristol CCG and NHS England and continues to work part-time as a GP at William Budd Health Centre, Knowle West, Bristol. Chris has been Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care, Bristol, since August 2010. He has also been Head of the Section of Health Care Evaluation in the School of Social and Community Medicine since the same date.

Chris is chair of the Scientific Foundation Board of the RCGP, chair of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year award, and a board member for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme. He also sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of General Practice. Chris has published 5 books and over 130 peer-reviewed research papers. 



Chris has an active role in teaching at all levels of the curriculum. Between 2007 and 2010 he was is in overall charge of primary care teaching in Bristol. He supervises a number of medical and non-medical postgraduates undertaking PhDs and MDs. Chris is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.


  • Primary Care
  • General Practice
  • Access to health care
  • Patient experience of health care
  • Improving the quality and cost of primary care
  • Generalism
  • Management of long term conditions
  • doctor-patient relationship
  • continuity of care


  • Patients with multimorbidity (multiple long term conditions)

Processes and functions

  • Delivery of primary care


  • Randomised controlled trials
  • particularly in mixed method studies combining with economic analyses and qualitative methods


I am Professor of Primary Health Care and head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care. I am also a practising GP, working in a disadvantaged area of Bristol. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and on the board or executive of several organisations including the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the NIHR Health Services Research Board, and the Society for Academic Primary Care. My research interests relate to the organisation and delivery of primary health care and core values of primary care, such as access to health care, the doctor-patient relationship, generalism vs. specialism and co-ordination of care. This has led to studies of out-of-hours care, NHS Walk-in Centres, nurse practitioners, GPs with special interests, and appointment systems. I am currently leading a large programme of research on the potential role of telehealth in helping people with long term health conditions.

  • primary health care
  • general practice
  • organisation of health care
  • Selected publications

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