The Scottish School of Primary Care: a new beginning in 2015
The Scottish School of Primary Care is a research school initiated in 2000 following considerable work by Dr Colin Hunter when he was Chair of RCGP Scottish Council, supported by Professor Lewis Ritchie. Its purpose was to increase research capacity by enabling research into important aspects of general practice and primary care to take place in a collaborative fashion across all the University departments of General Practice in Scotland.
It received core funding for a number of years from the Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and its successor NHS Education for Scotland, and from the Scottish Government.
In the past, the three strands of SSPC have been:
- To develop programmes of internationally recognised, methodologically rigorous research which address important issues in Scotland and beyond
- To increase recruitment to trials and other methodologically rigorous research
- To ensure higher level career development opportunities for researchers.
The function of recruitment to trials led to the development of the Scottish Primary Care Research Network (SPCRN), which for many years was integrated with the School. However, since 2014 the CSO of the Scottish Government has funded SPCRN independently such that it now takes the major role in patient recruitment to trials.
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