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Rachel Spencer

Job Title
Clinical Lecturer - General Practice
WMS - Health Sciences
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Research Interests

I am an academic GP and my research interest is in all aspects of patient safety in primary care. I have been involved in prescribing safety research for the last ten years and helped to develop prescribing indicators used by the RCGP and the CPRD. I worked on the multi-centre NIHR patient safety toolkit project for general practices which was adopted by the RCGP. My doctoral work focused on safety of communication at the interface of primary and secondary care. My current role allows me to develop this work to produce resources for primary care and for patients to improve safety at the interface of primary and secondary care. I am a mixed methods researcher familiar with most methodological techniques and have particular skills in RAND UCLA consensus methodology. As an early-careers researcher I am especially keen to collaborate within the department and externally. If you are interested in joining a patient safety special interest group at the University please contact me.


I was an academic GP trainee funded by the NIHR from 2011-2013 and worked with Professor Anthony Avery at the University of Nottingham. I completed my doctoral work with the same team between 2014 and 2018 funded by an NIHR career progression fellowship. I worked in a part-time salaried role at Park Leys Medical Practice in Coventry during this time. In 2018 I was the West Midlands CRN First 5 research champion promoting research in practice to young GPs across the region. In the first part of 2019 I undertook a sabbatical to New Zealand to work as a GP there. I'm now an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Unit of Academic Primary Care - I'm usually on site at the medical school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Monday and Friday I work as a GP at Sky Blue practice in Coventry.