About PRIME Centre Wales

PRIME Centre Wales is a research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales in order to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers.

The Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales) aims to improve health and well being through undertaking high-quality research on topics of national policy priority in primary and emergency care and ensuring that findings are translated into policy and practice.

It is an all-Wales centre co-led by Cardiff University, Bangor University, University of South Wales, and Swansea University.

PRIME Centre Wales aims to:

  • increase the quantity of large scale, high-quality research carried out in or led from Wales through collaboration, encouraging recruitment of patients, and attracting prestige research funding into Wales;
  • achieve demonstrable research impact by communicating research findings, working with stakeholders to ensure findings are implemented and tracking evidence of impact; 
  • undertake research and dissemination activities that are important to patients and the public by involving service users, carers and the wider public in the prioritisation, design, conduct, interpretation and dissemination of research; and
  • build capacity for research in primary and emergency care in Wales, across disciplines, sectors, professional groups and levels of seniority.

The Centre is a collaboration between researchers from the former Thematic Research network for emergency and UnScheduled Trauma care (TRUST) and Wales School for Primary Care Research (WSPCR).


Aims and work areas

PRIME Centre Wales aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Wales and internationally through:

  • Undertaking high quality research on topics of national policy priority which contributes to the evidence base in primary and emergency care
  • Ensuring that research findings are translated into policy and practice.

Research development and support is focussed on the following areas:


Work Packages Lead/s
1. Long term conditions & co-morbidityProf Joyce Kenkre
2. Patient centred & prudent healthcare Prof Adrian Edwards, Dr Fiona Wood
3. Infections & antimicrobial resistanceDr Nick Francis
4. Screening, prevention & early diagnosis in primary careDr Kate Brain
5. Unscheduled & emergency (including pre-hospital) careProf Helen Snooks
6. Patient safetyDr Andrew Carson-Stevens
7. Oral health & primary dental careProf Ivor Chestnutt
Cross Cutting ThemesLead/s
1. Public involvement & engagementDr Bridie Evans
2. Social careDr Carolyn Wallace
3. Commercial / industry engagement & collaborationAll WP Leads
4. NHS service professional engagement & collaborationAll WP Leads
5. Engagement with Welsh Government funded research infrastructureAll WP Leads
6. Communications, publicity, knowledge transferAngela Watkins
7. Methodological innovationProf Nefyn Williams