Primary Care MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: GPMR/GPPR/GPMD

About us

Department of Health Services Research

The Department of Health Services Research is involved in investigating the impact of health services interventions at the community and population levels – including health economics and related statistical modelling.  We bring together a strong multidisciplinary team covering a wide range of clinical topics and healthcare contexts and settings.  Expertise covers effectiveness reviews, research into complex interventions, the organisation of healthcare, patient and public perspectives and the impact of new technology, organisational innovations and approaches to management and prevention. The Department includes members of the Divisions of Primary Care and Public Health, the Dental School, and HaCCRU - the Health and Community Care Research Unit and LRiG - Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group.

Institute of Psychology, Health and Society

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society conducts world-leading research into the effectiveness of health services, the social origins of health and social inequalities in healthcare, mental health and well-being, including the evaluation of a wide range of psychosocial interventions and therapies and conduct internationally acclaimed research into many aspects of psychology and human behaviour, including perception, language development, pain, addiction, appetite, and offending behaviour. We work collaboratively; the Institute employs academic GPs, public health professionals, psychologists from a range of professional backgrounds, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social scientists. Our research groups work with colleagues from hugely diverse backgrounds; from academic colleagues from many Universities across the world, with industrial partners, with the NHS and other healthcare providers, politicians and political administrators, the police and partners across civil society.

We work across the world - from investigating respiratory disease in central America, through promoting the psychological well-being of young mothers in the middle east to studying attitudes towards epilepsy in Asia - and across widely different aspects of human behaviour - from innovative therapies for many different psychological problems, managing substance use and obesity, through helping people return to work after periods of ill-health and innovative food policies through to the policing of terrorist incidents. In all these areas, our work is characterised by a focus on research excellence and by attention to the real world impact of our scholarship. In addition to our large and active programme of postgraduate research, we contribute substantially to undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and many of us provide clinical services through local NHS Trusts.

Staff research interests

Dr Paula Byrne
Invisible or hidden work in the making and use of medical knowledge; communication of test results; the use and abuse of primary care services; sickness certification; and the use of medical technologies.

Dr Lucy Frith
Lucy is interested in supervising research students in the following areas: general topics in bioethics and health care ethics, social approaches to health and well-being and social science methods in bioethics.  Her particular interests are: reproductive technologies (infertility treatment, embryo and gamete donation, organisation of fertility care); maternity and childbirth (ante-natal care and organisation of maternity provision); ethical decision-making and policy.

Professor Mark Gabbay
Director of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC. Mark is Professor of General Practice. He leads the Fit for Work Research Group investigating absenteeism and presenteeism, factors influencing development of incapacity for work, sickness certification processes. He leads the Developing Understanding and Evaluating Complex Interventions and Behaviours in Liverpool Univeristy (DUECIBLU) Group. His research portfolio covers or has covered innovation, complex interventions and Health Inequalities including trials of treatments; mental health and wellbeing; sexual health and substance misuse.

Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams
Palliative care services for cancer and noncancer patients; psychosocial needs and psychiatric morbidity in palliative care patients and effects of illness in different patient groups eg adolescents and older people.

Professor Rebecca Harris

We provide an excellent, supportive environment, enabling you to undertake robust research, building your skills and expertise to conduct research that has the potential to have real impacts. We work in an stimulating multi-disciplinary environment using a range of research methods. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of our research activity was rated as of international standard.