Welcome to the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care

The Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care (AUPMC) is led by Professor Chris Burton and forms part of the the Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine. Our activities include teaching across all phases of the undergraduate medical curriculum and the supervision of postgraduate students, both nationally and internationally. Our research is embedded in primary and community care with expertise in, for example, complex interventions, qualitative and quantitative research, randomised controlled trials and mixed methodologies. We have established research collaborations with other departments within the University, NHS partners, charities and both national and international organisations.


Our mission is to provide:

 Research and teaching excellence in both medical education and primary medical care through the development and evaluation of innovative undergraduate teaching and complex health interventions.

Samuel Fox House

Contact us at:
Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
Sheffield      S5 7AU

Tel: 0114 222 2201
Fax: 0114 222 2199


Teaching is a core activity of the AUPMC. We deliver approximately 20% of the MBChB undergraduate medical curriculum centrally in the Unit and in our network of some 100 Practices with a pool of 120 GP tutors. The AUPMC is involved across all phases of the curriculum with approximately 1,000 students being placed in General Practices and palliative care hospices in South Yorkshire and the surrounding areas each year.

Our staff have a wide range of expertise in innovative teaching including consulting through interpreters (www.youtube.com/watch), cultural competences, medical humanities,  supervision of BMedSci and Student Selected Components.

Early Years Clinical Experience in Primary Care

Our new Early Years Clinical Experience innovation is designed to provide students with patient  contact in the early years of the medical undergraduate curriculum, providing a continuous strand of patient contact throughout all phases of the MBChB.

Are you a GP with an interest in providing students with clinical experience in the early years of their undergraduate medical degree? If you would like further information on how to be involved please contact us.


Our research seeks to understand and improve the ways that primary care health services work for patients. It focuses on common but hard to manage conditions such as persistent “medically unexplained” physical symptoms, epilepsy and lung disease.

It emphasises the importance of reducing health inequities by matching services to the needs of the most vulnerable in society, including those with high levels of socio-economic deprivation or recent migration.

Our research aims to inform health services about how practitioners should provide care, which practitioners can deliver it, and how they can best be trained.

The research uses a wide range of methods, from large scale data analysis, through in-depth qualitative interviews, to randomised controlled trials. We work in close collaboration with academics in other disciplines from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and beyond.

For further information see our individual research profiles Staff List

Each year we offer BMedSci studentships & Masters dissertations: Studies for 2017-18 include work on COPD in drug misusers and pre-diabetes (with Dr Mitchell and Dr Hodges), social prescribing (Prof Burton and Dr Walton), interpreters in general practice (Dr Lehane) and variation in GP referrals (Prof Burton and Dr Oliver).

We are interested in research collaborations around our key interests including PhD supervision. If you want to find out more, please contact us!


Postgraduate Training

We have a vibrant postgraduate teaching environment for both clinicians and non-clinicians with 11 successful research degrees in the last four years. In addition we run modules for the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

Academic Training Programme

The AUPMC has a long-standing reputation in the successful academic training of General Practitioners. Past successes include the promotion of 5 training Fellows to Professor. We actively encourage and support interested GPs to submit applications for In-Practice Training Fellowships to the National Institute for Health Research. In addition, we support Deanery-funded training posts for 1-2 years at 0.2-0.4 wte as well as running an Academic Foundation Training Programme.

Example of F2 Academic Foundaton Training Programme

General Practice Specialty Training Programme

The Unit is also the base for the Sheffield General Practice Specialist Training Programme which links closely to other Specialist Training Programmes in the wider region.