Community and Primary Care Research Group (CPCRG)

Our group operates within the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) (Faculty of Health) and is headed up by Professor Richard Byng, who is also a GP within the Plymouth area. 

The Community and Primary Care Research Group (CPCRG) is intensively research active and has 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. Explore our themes below to find out more about our current research activity.

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

The Community and Primary Care research group is based on the university's north campus; a more detailed map is available on our campuses page.