Community and Primary Care research group

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group meeting for the Dementia –Person Aligned Care Team (D-PACT) project. D-PACT researchers meet regularly with groups of people with dementia, carers and former carers, to discuss aspects of the project and seek advice and feedback. The PPI groups have worked with researchers to develop a person-centred recruitment approach, develop the D-PACT Dementia Support Worker role and ensure that research materials are accessible and acceptable to people living with dementia. Photo taken by Dr Sarah Griffiths

Our group operates within the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (Faculty of Health) and is headed up by Professor Richard Byng (who is also a GP within the Plymouth area).  PIHR includes three interconnecting research areas: PIHR Discovery, PIHR Translation, and PIHR Community.

Most of our work aligns with the PIHR Community research cluster and we have a strong proven track record of Health Services Research. Our research is conducted through the involvement of practitioners and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects. 

We use a range of research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), to solve pressing and often complex research problems.  Research is often directed towards those individuals who are the most excluded or disempowered, have mental health problems and have difficulty accessing services.

Covid-19 research

The COVID-19 crisis has produced opportunities for new relationships and new research, please click on the COVID-19 research projects below for more information on our current related projects that we have received funding for. Our group has been working in Plymouth, initially supporting the development of the acute COVID-19 general practice hub and producing a discussion paper on how best to operate such hubs.

Find out more about our research



NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (PenARC)

The National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration (PenARC) for the South West Peninsula.

PenARC is a partnership between the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter and NHS organisations across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Learn more about PenARC