Dr Paramjit Gill

Institute of Applied Health Research
Reader in Primary Care Research

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Paramjit Gill is Reader in Primary Care Research and General Practitioner in a diverse, challenging inner city Birmingham practice.

He is keen to promote research within primary care and works in close collaboration with local and national statutory and voluntary organisations to participate in research and training.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2007
  • Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners 2005
  • DM 1999
  • DCH 1988
  • BM 1982


After qualifying from Southampton University Medical School, Paramjit worked in a number of hospital and community posts before entering academic General Practice.


Teaching Programmes

BMedSci International Health


MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care

Supervisor for BMedSci and MSc/MPhil students

Paramjit also teaches on a number of national and international CPD courses. He has also contributed to a number of innovative training modules including Promoting Equality and Valuing Diversity’ module; an online e-learning resource for the new GP Curriculum (http://e-lfh.org.uk/projects/egp/index.html) and the BHF ‘Healthy Hearts Kit’ training manual which won ‘The 2010 BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year’ prize.

Postgraduate supervision

Paramjit is currently principal supervisor for Doctoral students looking at:

  • Ethnic Differences in Vascular Endothelial Function in Chronic Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease amongst minority ethnic communities in the UK
  • Antecedents, Characterisation and Validity of Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers amongst Ethnic minorities in the UK
  • Decision making in primary care consultations
  • Beliefs and adherence to medicines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: the influence of ethnicity 

Potential doctoral research students are welcome to contact Paramjit on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk  or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.
For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.  


Research interests include addressing health inequalities particularly amongst migrant populations and evidence-based health care and its application to health care delivery. His current focus is on cardiovascular health.

Paramjit is engaged in the full range of research methodologies from both the quantitative and qualitative paradigms.

He is involved in a number of national and international studies.

Other activities

2012 -    MRC Strategic Skills Fellowship Panel

2011 -    RCGP Clinical Champion for Social Inclusion

2013 -    International College Champion for India

2012 -    Deputy Director, Primary Care Research & Clinical Trials unit

2012 -    Clinical Lead, Birmingham spoke Primary Care Research Network-Central England

2012 -    Director Birmingham Hub NIHR Research and Design Service

2011 -    NIHR Fellowship Scheme Review Panel for Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF, CDF and SRF)

2011 -    Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT Research GP Champion

1998 -    Health Inequalities Standing Group, Royal College of General Practitioners


Shantsila E, Wrigley BJ, Shantsila A, Tapp LD, Gill PS, Lip GHY. (2012) Monocyte-derived and CD34+KDR+ endothelial progenitor cells in heart failure. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis; 10(7):1252-61.

Gill P; Plumridge G; Khunti K; Greenfield S. (2013) Under-representation of minority ethnic groups in cardiovascular research: a semi-structured interview study. Family Practice 30: 233-241.

Kumar K, Raza K, nightingale P, Horne R, Shaw K, Greenfield S, Gill P. A mixed methods study to investigate medication adherence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis of White British and South Asian origin. BMJ Open2013;3:e001836 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001836

Marshall T, Caley M, Hemming K, Gill P, Gale N, Jolly K. (2012) Mixed Methods Evaluation of Targeted Case Finding for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Using a Stepped Wedged Cluster RCT. BMC Public Health2012,12:908.

Wood W, Martin U, Gill P, Greenfield SM, Haque MS, Mant J, Mohammed M, Coleman J, Heer G, Johal A, Kaur R, Schwartz C, McManus RJ (2012).  Blood Pressure in Different Ethnic Groups (BP-Eth): a mixed methods study. BMJ Open;2:e001598 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001598

Patel JV, Chackathayi J, Hughes EA, Webster C, Lip GYH, Gill PS. (2012) Vitamin D deficiency amongst minority ethnic groups in the UK: a cross sectional study. International Journal of Cardiology http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.05.081

Mohammed MA, Marshall T, Gill P. (2012) The Effect of Chance Variability in Blood Pressure Readings on the Decision Making of General Practitioners: An Internet-Based Case Vignette Study. PLoS ONE 7(11): e46556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046556

Shantsila E, Wrigley BJ, Blann AD, Gill PS, Lip GYH. (2012)A contemporary view on endothelial function in heart failure European Journal of Heart Failure 14(8):873-881.

Plumridge G, Redwood S, Greenfield S, Akhter N, Chodhury R, Khalade A, Gill P. (2012) Involving interpreters in research studies. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy ; 17 (3): 190–192.

Armstrong MJ, Houlihan DD, Bentham L, Shaw JC, Cramb R, Olliff S, Gill PS, Neuberger J, Lilford RJ, Newsome PN. (2012) Presence and Severity of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in a Large, Prospective Primary Care Cohort. Journal of Hepatology, 56: 234-240.

Gill PS, Calvert M, Davis R, Davies M, Freemantle N, Lip GYH.  (2011) Prevalence of heart failure and atrial fibrillation in minority ethnic subjects: The Ethnic-Echocardiographic Heart of England Screening study (E-ECHOES). PLoS ONE. 6(11): e26710. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026710.

Shantsila E, Wrigley B, Shantsila A, Tapp LD, Blann AD, Gill PS, Lip GYH. (2011)  Ethnic differences in macrovascular and microvascular function in systolic heart failure. Circulation Heart Failure; 4:754-762.

Gill PS, Kai J, Bhopal RS, Wild S. Health Care Needs Assessment: Black and Minority Ethnic Groups. In: Raftery J, Stevens A, Mant J (ed). Health Care Needs Assessment. The epidemiologically based needs assessment reviews. Third Series. Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, 2007.

Also available on-line: http://www.hcna.bham.ac.uk/pdfs/04_HCNA3_D4.pdf


Cardiovascular inequalities in health and healthcare, particularly related to ethnicity


Cardiovascular inequalities in health and healthcare, particularly related to ethnicity.