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.