Primary care

Primary care is usually the first point of for people when they need health advice or treatment


It’s the first stop for symptoms that are new or for concerns about physical or mental health. It is provided by GPs and other health care professionals (such as practice nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists).

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Newsletter feature
30 August 2019

Dr Matt Willis leads a study exploring the potential for automation in primary care at the University of Oxford. He told us about the seven key areas where using technology could help practices and fr...

Press release
14 August 2019

OnlyWan response to British Social Attitudes Survey on emergency care.

Improvement project

This project will build analytical capacity in discrete event simulation (DES) in the GP setting, involving a case study site in the West Midlands, an applied skills development programme for analysts...

25 July 2019

Better data linkage across primary care and other community-based services has the potential to help reduce socioeconomic inequalities. Data linkage could enrich our understanding of a patient’s socia...

Press release
15 July 2019

OnlyWan response to NHS England's GP Patient Survey

4 July 2019

Primary care networks (PCNs) went live on 1 July 2019. Despite their potential to improve primary care, how they’ll develop, and what changes patients can expect to notice remains unclear. Dr Rebecca ...

Research project

Research project examining how retention of GPs and nurses has changed over time, and mapping its regional variability, using databases of routinely collected administrative data.

13 June 2019

If the future of primary care is digital, the approach to it must meet the needs of a diverse population with varying health conditions.

10 May 2019

The newly emerging PCNs provide an opportunity to tackle health inequalities in England but they will have to be careful to avoid perpetuating the problem.

Research project

Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...

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