Who are we and where are we going? Primary care academics in non-clinical posts

MacFarlane, A. and O'Donnell, C. (2014) Who are we and where are we going? Primary care academics in non-clinical posts. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 15(1), pp. 96-103. (doi:10.1017/S1463423612000540)

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The development of a high-quality primary healthcare system requires multidisciplinary perspectives and collaborations between clinicians and non-clinicians. Academic primary care departments across the United Kingdom and Ireland employ academics from a range of disciplines. However, questions remain about the parity of opportunity for career progression with a consistent trend to focus more on clinicians than non-clinicians. In this paper, we analyse the employment and careers of non-clinical primary care academics working in Ireland and Scotland. We draw on survey data from the island of Ireland and conference workshop discussions among Irish- and Scottish based academics. We highlight problems with career progression and identify some strategic actions. We argue for a renewed attempt to ensure that all academics who are contributing to the discipline of primary care are appropriately acknowledged and supported to continue their endeavours to develop high-quality primary care health systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Donnell, Professor Catherine
Authors: MacFarlane, A., and O'Donnell, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Primary Health Care Research and Development
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1477-1128

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