Royal College of General Practitioners and Clinical Research Network awards

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is delighted to announce the winners of the research awards run in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (the College). These awards, for members of the College, recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

Dr Christopher Newark from ​Buckden and Little Paxton Surgery in Cambridgeshire received the First5® award and Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Practice in Devon received the practice award.

Applicants were required to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • the range and number of patients in NIHR Clinical Research Network studies;
  • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research;
  • their contribution and innovative methods used in the successful delivery of clinical research studies.

The standard of entries was so high that two entries were recognised with Highly Commended;

Dr Timothy Bray from the Beacon Medical Group in Plymouth in the First5® category and Hoverton and Wroxham Medical Practice in Norwich in the practice category.

On the award winners, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, Dr Imran Rafi said:

“These awards recognise research active excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR Clinical Research Network research studies. This year the standard of applications was excellent. We congratulate the award winners in making an outstanding contribution to promoting and doing clinical research within primary care.”

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the NIHR 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.

NIHR Clinical Research Network, National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, Professor Philip Evans said:

“It was a pleasure once again this year to see the excellent quality of applications from both practices and First5® GPs. Practices have risen to the challenge and have demonstrated novel and exciting methods of recruitment, both in their own practices and in their Federations. This can only augur well for the future.’

As part of the application process the applicants had to set out what activities they planned to carry out in the future to improve research delivery.

The awards were presented during the College's Annual Conference on 14 October in Liverpool by College president, Dr Terry Kemple.

RCGP practice award winner 2017

Practice award winners Rachael Minty, Lead Research Nurse (left) and Jodie Rice, Lead Practice Research HCA are presented with their award by RCGP President Dr Terry Kemple.

“The standard of applications was exceptionally high. The award winners are making an outstanding contribution to clinical research within primary care.”

Dr Imran Rafi
RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre

"There were innovative and dynamic examples of practices reconfiguring their clinical practice to increase recruitment; excellent examples of engagement with their patient groups, and firmly embedding research within the culture of their general practices.”

Associate Professor Philip Evans
National Specialty Lead for Primary Care
NIHR Clinical Research Network

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Highly Commended:

The awards were presented by the Network's National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, Associate Professor Philip Evans, during the RCGP Annual Conference on 6-8 October 2016 in Harrogate.