To recognise NHS consultants and junior doctors who are active in research
One of the principle remits of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. The Research and Publications Committee is chaired by Professor Alasdair Gray. Its remit includes research, publications and the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group was formed by the Research and Publications Committee in 2014 and makes annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM Members and Fellows to research in Emergency Medicine.
Since its inception in 2006, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.
These inaugural joint awards will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and junior doctors in the conduct of clinical research in the field of Emergency Medicine. The ‘award winners 2017/18’ will be recognised by the award of a plaque and a certificate. The winner(s) of the Young Investigator award will also be eligible for a modest financial award, which must be invested in the award holder’s future research. In addition, up to three applicants for each scheme will be named ‘outstanding contributors 2017/18’. The award winners and outstanding contributors will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the RCEM Clinical Studies Group annual meeting on 16 January 2018. Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation.
Principal Investigator of the Year
Applicants must be Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of research active clinicians rather than those who are already career clinical academics. Therefore, Members and Fellows who hold a substantive academic university appointment or an externally funded academic fellowship will not be eligible for this award.
Young Investigator of the Year
The award is open to both junior doctors who are pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine and consultants in Emergency Medicine who are within five years of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). For junior doctors who do not currently hold a National Training Number in Emergency Medicine, the panel will look for evidence of commitment to pursuing a career in the specialty.
Criteria for awards
Young Investigator of the Year
The award will be made based on the following criteria:
Awards will be made at the discretion of the judging panel.
The award will be made based on the candidate’s contribution to Emergency Medicine research in the United Kingdom over the previous 12 months, including:
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