Academic General Practice activities

To meet its primary aims, the AGP has undertaken a variety of activities (see below). If you would like the Keele University Academic General Practice to work with you, please contact us.

Staffordshire has been hit by the national general practice recruitment and retention crisis. However, it is strong in its response in developing strong clinical-academic pathways. From the innovative approach of combining GP specialty training with MMedSci modules, providing GP trainees with the valuable opportunity to develop academic skills alongside their clinical training. While funding for this has now ceased, Keele University won Wellcome funding to support General Practitioners to undertake PhDs and it hosts NIHR Clinical Academics.

The Keele University Academic General Practice has a long history of nurturing researchers and educationalists. Like many practices, it is an active training practice, training medical students, GP trainees and primary care nurses. The rich academic expertise in the practice has placed it in an ideal position to build clinical academic primary care capacity, through supporting trainees to undertake high quality audit and quality improvement projects, to support delivery of research and new models of care and to nurture staff through academic training.

Within the Academic General Practice, we want to support other practices, which may not have the level of academic experience, to put evidence into practice and to undertake Quality Improvement.

Follow the links below to find examples of how clinical academic primary care capacity has been supported by the practice already. For further information or if you wish to seek advice, support or collaboration from the Keele University Academic General Practice, please contact us.

Academic training projects

  • Academic Practice Staff Projects
  • General Practice Speciality Trainee Projects
  • Medical student audits and quality improvement exercises


  • Chronic Pain Masterclass
  • Researcher in Residence

Group practice research delivery scheme

Delivering high impact quality research

Wolstanton Medical Centre is a research ready, research active practice. It has close links with the West Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN) and through this it has been involved in supporting the delivery of a wide range of research projects. Traditionally Wolstanton Medical Centre delivered research independently, however, it has now been awarded CRN funding to support closer working with two other high quality general practices in the locality in the Group Practice Scheme.

Combining the multidisciplinary clinical, academic and implementation expertise held by professionals working within Wolstanton Medical Centre, the Keele University Academic General Practice is well placed to consult, design, implement and/or evaluate new models of primary care.

Delivered and evaluated

Consulted with commissioners and local service providers about

  • Social prescribing
  • First Contact Practitioners

Within the Keele University Academic General Practice we believe that placing evidence into practice and delivering (and evaluating) quality improvement interventions can feel challenging to busy general practices. However, we also believe that when supported with the right tools, all practices can be supported to undertake these activities easily. We aim to provide these tools and the necessary support to help general practices, at an organisational level, to deliver high quality care, access pre-tested resources and evaluate the changes they implement.

Our QIP is designed to provide this support. Here you will find tools to download, instructions on how to use and adapt the tools and the quality improvement evidence gathered from using these tools in our real-world general practice.

WMC Quality Improvement projects

Within Wolstanton Medical Centre (WMC) we have undertaken a number of quality improvement projects, to improve safety, quality and/or efficiency within the practice. Please follow the links to find out more about the quality improvement projects we have undertaken and, where applicable, to access tools to undertake the same activity within your practice.

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