News and events
13 November 2023
NDPCHS wins NIHR award for new HealthTech Research Centre (HRC) to explore innovative Health Technology to enhance community and primary care.
29 September 2022
The NIHR is comitted to ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is embedded in everything it does. Launching today (28th September) the EDI it an important step in realising this commitment.
Three out of four people with heart failure could be diagnosed sooner, potentially improving quality of life and reducing costs to the healthcare system.
30 November 2021
Researchers from the University of Oxford have today reported that only 1 in 4 people diagnosed with heart failure received a simple, recommended blood test that could have resulted in an earlier diagnosis at a more treatable stage.
28 June 2021
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and GP Dr Clare Taylor gives a breakdown of the findings and their importance of a recent publication on heart failure and natriuretic peptide testing by herself and colleagues.
18 January 2021
A new measure of complexity in primary care, which could help with allocating resources based on the practice population’s level of need, has been developed by NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative supported researchers.
Comparing infrared thermometers with more traditional methods for measuring children's body temperature
8 December 2020
General practitioners commonly measure children’s temperature using a thermometer placed in the armpit or ear canal. New ’non-contact’ thermometers use infrared light to measure temperature without touching the child. They are easy to use and there is no risk of passing on infections. However, we do not know how well they measure temperature compared with thermometers that use the armpit or the ear.
24 July 2023
How reliable are rapid COVID tests? Our new study put two popular kits to the test. The results reveal their strengths and limitations and what that means for people using them or relying on their results.
10 July 2023
Thomas Fanshawe's latest blog discusses a study of over 1000 women to evaluate the effectiveness of UTI diagnostic guidelines in primary care. It underlines the potential for misdiagnosis and calls for improved point-of-care tests.
29 June 2023
Rising malaria in UK kids post-pandemic: Dr Chris Bird highlights research on the potential of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for quicker malaria detection, reducing painful blood tests and hospital wait times.
How can the NHS be made more attractive for hosting commercial medical device studies? Insights from an NIHR industry engagement workshop
8 January 2018
Alex is a post-doctoral researcher in the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) group in Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. He has a broad social science interest in medical innovation and health research policy. He tweets as @rushforthad