Academy of Primary Care

Innovative scholarship driving excellence in primary care

Here at Hull York Medical School, we strive to identify, explore and address problems facing primary care populations and health care systems. The Academy brings together expertise in primary care research, education, clinical practice and scholarship, so we can champion and cultivate the scholarly expertise that is essential to the redesign and delivery of the highest standards of primary care – locally, nationally and internationally.

We understand what makes the best primary care – it is care designed to meet the needs of people, rather than to treat individual diseases. Primary care does this by providing continuous, comprehensive, accessible, coordinated, person-centred healthcare.

The Academy is integral to Hull York Medical School’s vision of producing confident and compassionate doctors, with the wisdom and skills to deliver exceptional patient-centred care. As part of the School’s partnership with local primary care providers, we work to improve quality of care, including recruitment and retention of the best practitioners, across our region.

What is primary care?

Most of us think of primary care as our main point of access with the wider health care system - the route by which we most commonly access other parts of the NHS, for example hospital care.

For many people, their GP will be their first point of contact with healthcare. General Practices are just one part of a wider primary care network. Primary care also includes care you receive at walk-in centres, dental practices, community pharmacies and high street opticians.

But primary care is more than a list of places or services you access. Primary care is a distinct way of designing health services to meet the needs of people, rather than to treat individual conditions. Based on international evidence we know what is needed to deliver strong primary care – namely healthcare that is continuous, comprehensive, accessible, coordinated, person-centred care.

Why do we need to think again about primary care?

Primary care is changing as the health needs of our population become more complex. We are living longer, often with long-term health problems. Our population is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse. And everyday we are  discovering new ways to diagnose and treat health problems.

Health systems are having to adapt rapidly to changing needs. There are concerns we are losing a focus on people and this is contributing to growing inequality, ineffectiveness and inefficiencies in health care.

This is why we need to  think again about how our primary care services are developing.

Our goals

In partnership with our local community, we work to deliver our goals:

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Grow an internationally recognised programme of scholarship (research, education and innovation) contributing to Primary Care redesign, including: cancer and palliative care, generalist redesign, safety and quality, workforce and education.

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Establish a critical mass of primary care academics (clinical and primary healthcare scientists) -  developing, delivering and driving our research programme on primary care redesign.

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Optimise the impact of our research through a structured dissemination programme targeting key stakeholders from across clinical, academic, public and policy communities.

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Contribute to the collective work of Hull York Medical School to develop, deliver and support a strong primary care workforce for the NHS 

Our research impact

We provide an inspirational hub for everyone in the primary care network, working closely with our local primary care community including health professionals, training networks, commissioners and providers of local services, as well as the local public.

Our hub is driving the redesign and delivery of the workforce, clinical care and service design needed for 21st century primary care practice – so we can ultimately improve the care for our patients and communities.

Discover more about the Academy of Primary Care