Collaborative projects


We currently have four projects with collaborators. Common to all of them is an interest in how collaborative work happens (e.g. pharmacist – GP and Data scientist-clinician), team work in a general practice, making invisible work visible.

The Companion Study

Led by Professor Sophie Park at UCL and with collaborators from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford, is funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care. Using realist review methods the project explores collaborative and integrated working between Community Pharmacy and General Practice.


Led by Professor Nick Reynolds at the University of Newcastle with collaborators at Queen Mary University of London, is a large NIHR funded project which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to characterise the dynamic, complex inter-relationship between multiple long-term conditions, polypharmacy and health outcomes across the life course. Professor Deborah Swinglehurst co-leads a qualitative work package with Dr Megan Clinch exploring the scientific practices adopted within this multidisciplinary endeavour and how progress is negotiated.

This is a NIHR SPCR funded project, a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester (Chief Investigator: Sharon Spooner), Exeter and Queen Mary University of London which seeks to illuminate the ‘hidden’ work conducted by GPs beyond their clinical encounters with patients. GPs are working under challenging conditions, exacerbated by the Covid19 pandemic, characterised by service re-configurations, increasing workload, new modes of consulting, increasing complexity of work, and increasingly multidisciplinary teams. The research will use a range of qualitative methods to investigate the nature, extent and impact of this work and will contribute preliminary insights into what constitutes ‘success’ in this environment.

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Making decisions about mode of consultation in general practice – what happens, when, with whom, and why?

Funded by the NIHR SPCR, this project led by Dr Sara Shaw, University of Oxford is an ethnographic study which will seek to understand how, when, by whom and why decisions are made to offer different modes of consultation (e.g. face-to-face, video, telephone, online). The Covid19 pandemic has prompted shifts in how consultations are conducted, and it is likely that a mix of in-person consulting and ‘remote’ consulting will continue long term. We will conduct detailed observations in several general practices in England to understand decision-making about mode of consulting, and to learn what does – and does not – work well for patients and clinicians.

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