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.

91% of Keele’s Primary Care  research has been judged world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Universities UK’s Research Excellence Framework.   Keele's primary care submission is ranked 3rd nationally on the basis of World Leading or Internationally Excellent research (3* and 4*).  The Grade Point Average for Keele’s  primary care  research ranks it as the 6th best Medical School nationally in terms of its overall research profile, and 5th in terms of its best research publications and the international impact of its primary care research.   

In addition, primary care research formed more than one third of Keele’s submission to the Allied Health Professionals panel, with 90% of Keele’s Allied Health Professional research being rated as World Leading or Internationally Excellent.

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.