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Primary Care

The Department is highly multidisciplinary with clinicians (general practice, public health, rehabilitation, stroke and general medicine), social scientists, psychologists, statisticians, informaticians, improvement scientists, health economists, epidemiologists and educationalists. We have established strong national and international links, particularly with US and European research and teaching partners. Our research is used to inform clinical guidelines, local and national policy and service innovation, particularly in the areas of stroke and other long term conditions, health inequalities, medical decision making and clinical research informatics. We have developed new methods for conducting clinical trials in primary care and drug safety studies using electronic health records.

In Primary Care the Department has world leading expertise in the integration of data from clinical and research domains, having led an important EU project ‘Translational Medicine and Patient Safety in Europe (FP7-TRANSFoRm) www.transformproject.eu, and collaborating in ‘Electronic Health records for research’ (IMI-EHR4CR). These projects are developing standards and methods for integrating clinical trial workflow and data capture into electronic health records. TRANSFoRM is also developing a decision support system for diagnosis. All local general practices are on a single electronic patient record system (EMIS Web).We run a unique database (Lambeth DataNet) of routinely collected data in 47 local practices. This database provides the basis for much research using the whole community of Lambeth. In this research we are drawing together the Department of Informatics and the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences (GSTT BRC).

We have strong professional and research links with local communities, particularly those of Lambeth and Southwark with extensive research and development of patient and public involvement in research. Both are urban, diverse and multi-ethnic communities. We have a particular focus on translational research from ‘bench to community’ with the proposed senior researchers for this application working with scientists and clinicians embedded within the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, along with the South London Clinical Research Network Primary Care Specialty Group. We are part of one of 6 Academic Health Science Centres and have primary care links with the local Academic Health Science Network and host the NIHR London Research Design Service and an accredited clinical trials unit.

People

Emeritus Professor David Armstrong

Dr Mariam Molokhia, Clinical Reader

Dr Mark Ashworth, Reader in Primary Care

Dr Patrick White, Reader in Primary Care

Dr Ellen Wright, Clinical Academic Fellow

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