FoI Public Event: 1st July 2021 FESTIVAL OF IDEAS Recovery and Renewal: The future of Primary Care Research Dr Greg Irving, Edge Hill University

1st Jul 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm


The pandemic has posed the greatest challenge to the NHS in living memory and research played a vital role in shaping the NHS response.

Primary care research played a vital role in shaping the NHS response from developing tools to rapidly identify those at high risk of adverse outcomes through to evaluating interventions to treat and protect patients.

As the UK now moves into a phase of recovery and renewal, we ask what the priorities are for primary care research – and the opportunities and challenges it may bring.

This event will take place online.

Organised by the Health Research Institute, this event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas. The Festival is programmed by the University’s three Research Institutes, ISR, ICE and HRI, and this year they are joined by the Data Science Research Centre to explore the theme of Renewal: Creativity, Community, Curiosity’.

Date: Thursday 1st July 2021

17.15 Registration
17.30 Event start
18.30 Event end

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).


Greg Irving
Greg is an academic General Practitioner with an interest in primary care research and medical education. He has received three consecutive personal National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships including a Academic Clinical Fellow, Doctoral and Academic Clinical Lecturer awards. He completed his medical training in Nottingham before going onto postgraduate studies in Oxford and Liverpool then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Cambridge. He has also previously studied as a Global Clinical Scholar at Harvard University. Clinically Greg works as an General Practitioner and Consultant in Primary Care in St Helens and is also a MERIT doctor for the North West Ambulance Service.

Greg’s research interests have focused on developing and evaluating complex interventions for use in primary care. He has experience in systematic reviews, randomised trials, observational studies along with qualitative research approaches. Greg is the Deputy Lead for the NIHR North West Coast Complex Intervention Theme.