As GP teams we experience the majority of patient contacts in the NHS. The increasing drive to provide care closer to home brings with it a need to boost primary care based research to build the evidence base underpinning the care we provide.

Research-active organisations are proven to have improved patient outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and better workforce recruitment and retention. What’s more, there is lots of support and funding available to help GP teams to get involved in research.

We have strong links with the Clinical Research Network in Greater Manchester, which provides practical support to allow high-quality research to take place in NHS, public health and social care settings. More information about research opportunities will be available soon. In the meantime, if you would like to be involved in research programmes or have ideas you would like to explore, please email:

In addition, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NICR) funds primary care research projects and supports training and career development for primary care researchers.

The video below explains the benefits of carrying out clinical research in primary care.