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Professor in Primary Health Care, University of Bristol

My research interests relate to how best to provide primary health care, and the implications of new models of organisation on the core values of general practice such as first contact care, generalism, continuity of care, and the doctor-patient relationship.

My work has included studies of GP out-of-hours care, NHS Walk-in Centres, GPs with specialist interests, the expanding role of nurse practitioners, and evaluations of the Advanced Access initiative and PhysioDirect services. I recently completed a 5 year NIHR funded programme of research on the role of telehealth in supporting people with long term conditions (the 'Healthlines' trial). I am currently leading several projects relating to people with multiple co-existing health problems (multimorbidity), and a study on the potential of alternatives to face to face consultations in general practice through greater use of email, internet video and telephone.


Chris Salisbury MB ChB MSc MD FRCGP trained in Bristol and then spent ten years as a full time GP in Reading, also working as a GP trainer and postgraduate tutor. In 1995 he was appointed to a senior lecturer post at Imperial College London and in 1997 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Chris moved to the University of Bristol in 1998 and was promoted to a personal chair as Professor of Primary Health Care in 2004. He holds honorary consultant contracts with NHS Bristol CCG and NHS England. Chris was been Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care, Bristol from 2010 to 2017. He has also been Head of the Section of Health Care Evaluation in the School of Social and Community Medicine since 2010.

Chris was chair of the Scientific Foundation Board of the RCGP, chair of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2013-2016, a board member for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research from 2010 to 2017 and is currently a board member for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme. Chris has published 5 books and over 150 peer-reviewed research papers.


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    Professor in Primary Health Care, University of Bristol