The UK is the best place in the world for research by GPs, according to a study.
More than 35% of projects at the primary care units of Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford universities were awarded the top rating of four stars in a survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field (pictured) said the excellent work that academic GPs and researchers are doing is helping to raise the standard of care received by patients throughout the UK.
Commenting on the excellent results, he said: "UK academic general practice is the best in the world and we have the best general practice primary care units in the world.
He added: "GPs are very rarely recognised for their research and innovation and this study not only demonstrates the value of their work but shows how it directly translates into tangible improvements for patients, rather than being consigned to a shelf somewhere to get dusty."