Welcome to PRIMER


Thank you for visiting the PRIMER website.

PRIMER is a group of patients, carers, and members of the public.  It was set up in 2008 to work with researchers in the Centre for Primary Care at The University of Manchester.

Primary Care is often someone’s first point of contact with the NHS, and it covers GP practices, dental practices, community pharmacies and high street opticians.

Here at PRIMER, we help to make sure that patients and the public can shape Primary Care research.  We work closely with researchers so that they know what real people want and need from NHS primary care. We help to ensure that research is relevant to our health and can make a difference to our lives.  

Our members have a very wide range of backgrounds.  Some of us have particular health conditions, some are carers, and some have been involved in health care.  We all have an interest in health and research and in getting involved.

If you are interested in PRIMER, we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! You really don't need to have any special qualifications or a background in research to take part.

I’ve been a member of PRIMER for several years now.  I can honestly say that it has been a fantastic experience.  The researchers that we collaborate with really take on board our ideas and suggestions, leading to their research being relevant and helpful to patients and carers.  It is great to feel that we are making a difference.

With best wishes

Carole Bennett

Chair of PRIMER

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in joining the PRIMER group visit our How To Get Involved page