Welcome to the Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences

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The Institute hosts the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, which delivers a world-leading research programme through:

  • Highlighting the importance of musculoskeletal conditions by demonstrating the extent, frequency and impact of pain and disability on individuals, and their increasing health and social care burden and costs on society.
  • Researching ways of preventing musculoskeletal conditions from starting, getting worse, or limiting people in their daily lives and activity.
  • Researching the provision of effective assessment, self-management and treatment of these conditions, in the community and in primary care.
  • Shifting the perception that musculoskeletal conditions are an inevitable consequence of growing old, to take a more positive approach where the symptoms of pain and disability can be addressed more directly.

In RAE 2008, over 80% of our research was judged to be of international quality.

In 2009, the Centre was proud to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, for Pioneering early intervention and primary care in the management of chronic pain.

The Centre is one of only eight members of the National School of Primary Care Research.