What we do

Championing Modern Primary Care

Lead: Professor Joanne Reeve, Dr Hisham Nobeebaccus, Dr Paul Whybrow

Primary Care refers to a diverse network of health and social care support within a community. Modern primary care research is therefore a multidisciplinary activity reflecting the range of experiences, needs and interventions encompassed by primary care.

The Academy champions the diversity of academic primary care in a number of ways: through our innovative work within the clinical context; through our active engagement with the work of the Society for Academic Primary Care; and through our growing research programme looking beyond the clinical context.  


Homeless Healthcare

Leads: Dr Paul Whybrow and Professor Joanne Reeve
Funding: Hull University PhD Cluster

There are an increasing number of people in the UK experiencing economic and housing insecurities. Our goal is to understand the challenges of homelessness health and to improve healthcare for some of the most vulnerable and excluded people. Our research prioritises meeting patient needs through developing effective and practical organisational changes to primary care.

Three linked PhD projects critically examine the experiences of homeless healthcare service users and providers, specifically in relation to hospital admissions and discharge, self-care and the use/non-use of primary care services. The projects will critically examine the Pathway model of homeless healthcare interventions in the context of the wider evidence and in relation to comparable national and international examples.

Social Prescribing

Local lead: Professor Joanne Reeve
Study lead: Dr Stephanie Tierney (Oxford Department of Primary Healthcare Sciences)
Funding: NIHR HSDR

Social prescribing has been described as a “social revolution in well-being”. It recognises the potential to enhance health and well-being through non-medical routes, but improving access for people to a wider range of supports and services. As part of the Social Prescribing initiatives, we have seen introduction of the new Link Worker role – non-clinical, trained staff who are able to talk with people about their health needs, help them identify non-medical approaches that may help, and then access support. This work develops the work from our published realist synthesis through a realist evaluation of the role of link workers on the ground.   

Primary Care Communities

Leads: Matthew Kempson, Ali Waring, Pam Parkinson, Professor Joanne Reeve

The Academy is engaged in work to develop resources to support and link primary care partners across our region and beyond. We publish a regular newsletter, and will be hosting the 2020 SAPC North Conference.