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What is the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR)?

We are a research and teaching group that form part of the School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University. We aim to conduct high-quality primary care research that impacts upon clinical practice and health policy and is a core part of the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR).

Strategic areas

Our main strategic areas are:

  • Cancer in primary care – ‘Diagnose Quickly Follow Up Safely and Survive Well’
  • Musculoskeletal and rehabilitation research

Prior to November 2011 we were the North Wales Section of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Cardiff University. Our main base is on the ‘north-east’ campus in Wrexham, although some of our staff are based in Bangor.

We work closely with:

  • Clinicians, locally within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and elsewhere
  • Public Health Wales
  • Wales Government
  • Leading researchers in other Centres and Institutes within Bangor University
  • Leading researchers in universities in the UK and internationally

Methodological expertise

We have methodological expertise in a number of areas. We conduct evidence syntheses (including realist syntheses), randomised trials, epidemiological studies and qualitative studies. We host doctors in training (academic GP registrars, and academic Foundation Year 1 doctors).

We have an increased trajectory of external peer reviewed grant income, won competitively through national competition. Our work is published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals with significant clinical readership. We have a programme of regular training, seminars and workshops, and an active PhD programme.

Potential PhD students

We welcome approaches from potential PhD students.