The diagnosis and management of skin (dermatological) problems commonly seen in primary care is a flourishing research theme at the Centre for Academic Primary Care. 

Led by Dr Matthew Ridd, we conduct applied research that addresses the needs of patients, the clinicians who look after them, and the NHS.

Working with key partners in secondary care (Centre for Evidence Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham; UK Dermatology Controlled Trials Network) and primary care (Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton), our work spans from large, flagship clinical trials through to methods work and small student projects.

Our research is mainly funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and NIHR School for Primary Care Research, and is done in collaboration with patient charities and organisations.

Team members

Current projects

  • Can taking amitriptyline tablets stop long-term pain from shingles? (ATHENA Shingles Study). PI: Ridd MJ; Wells S, Wilkins Z, Rees S; Gilbertson A, Liddiard L, Brown C, Kenyon H, Wills C, Shearn E, Kirkup G, Gibbins R, Harrison S, Castle LA. Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. 



  • How common are possible cow’s milk allergy symptoms in infants? Vincent R, MacNeill S, Perkin M, Ridd MJ. ISAD fellowship (September-November 2020)





  • Health care professionals’ beliefs and practices regarding food allergy testing for children with eczema. Gilbertson A, Boyle RJ, MacNeill S, Ridd MJ. (May-August 2020)


  • A systematic review to map and identify written action plans: where and how have written action plans for atopic eczema/dermatitis been developed and evaluated? Singh Tahndi C, Ridd M, Vincent R. This work is being done as part of a Dr Singh Thandi's Academic Clinical Fellowship.
  • Eczema and allergy engagement. Gilbertson A, Ridd M, Dawson S, Clayton J, Roberts A. Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research (April 2020 to March 2021).
  • Eczema Care Online (ECO): Supporting self-care for eczema in the community. Santer M, Thomas K T, Muller I, Ridd M, Chalmers J, Lawton S, Stuart B, Griffiths G, Sach T, Langan, Roberts A, Ahmed A, Kirk H, Yardley L, Little P, Williams H. NIHR Programme Grant (September 2017-February 2023)
  • Best Emollient in Eczema (BEE): Pragmatic, primary care, multi-centre, individually randomised superiority trial of four emollients in children with eczema, with internal pilot and nested qualitative study. Ridd M, Santer M, Thomas K, MacNeill S, Heawood ABanks J, Roberts A, Garfield K, Baxter H, Barrett T, Lane A, Williams H, Hay A. Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment (May 2017-December 2020)

Completed projects

  • TEST (Trial of Eczema allergy Screening Tests): feasibility randomised controlled trial with economic scoping and nested qualitative study. Ridd M, Santer M, Boyle R, Chalmers J, Blair P, Heawood ASelman L, Coast J, Garfield K, Marriage D, Waddell L, Muller I, Kai J. Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research (October 2017-November 2019)
  • Action PlAns for CHildren with Eczema (APACHE): A study to develop written action plans for children with eczema and explore how best to evaluate them. Ridd MSalisbury CPurdy S, Metcalfe C, Heawood AMalpass A and Waldecker A. (January 2015-December 2019)

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