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Kent Academic Primary Care Unit

CHSS hosts the Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU) led by Patricia Wilson, Professor of Primary and Community Care. With support from Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the KAPCU remit is to support the education and development of primary care practitioners and develop primary care research.


KAPCU involves existing staff from CHSS who have programmes of primary care research and provides opportunities for research fellowships for GPs,GP trainees and other qualified practitioners working in primary and community care. Research themes include self-management in long term conditions (Wilson), patient and public involvement (Wilson, Bates), patient experience of primary care services (Wilson) and social marketing in health care (Merritt).

We also have a significant portfolio of health services research. Staff in CHSS are involved in a wide range of primary care research including collaborative research on commissioning and service integration with local Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Kent and Medway Commissioning Support Unit and Kent County Council (Billings) and a project evaluating community based mental health services (Hotham). CHSS is also a partner in the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) which is directed by Professor Stephen Peckham. Current PRUComm research includes an on-going study on the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

KAPCU Seminar programme

See our Events page.

Who is involved

Members of CHSS staff are listed below, and we also have our Honorary Professor and GP Honorary Fellows working with KAPCU:

Professor Rafey Faruqui
Dr Kim Stillman MB ChB FRCGP MA(Ed) FHEA and GP Associate Dean Honorary Lecturer, Honorary Research Fellow University of Kent East Kent CEPN lead
Dr Emma Hill, GP St Annes Group Practice in Herne Bay
Dr Neil Pillai


Contact for further information

Email: Professor Patricia Wilson


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Last Updated: 01/12/2020