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NHS consultant and trainee prize winners announced

The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and Royal College of Physicians (the College) jointly run an award which recognises outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research. The nominations have now been reviewed and NIHR is delighted to announce the winners as follows:

Applicants were required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with a particular focus on:

  • how they demonstrate clinical leadership enabling their organisation to increase its participation in clinical studies
  • how they engaged with patients to inform them of new opportunities to participate in clinical research
  • their contribution to successful delivery of clinical research studies, with a particular emphasis on industry (commercial contract) studies.

On the award winners, Royal College of Physicians academic vice president, Professor Margaret Johnson said:

Once again, winners who show the very high standard of research being undertaken by physicians in the NHS. Many congratulations to you all.”

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 physicians and trainees is essential for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.

Professor Nick Lemoine, Medical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network said:

“After a record year of recruitment of patients to NIHR portfolio studies, it is terrific to be able to celebrate the commitment and energy of the winners of the 2018 RCP/CRN awards. Each of these consultants and trainees is making a huge contribution to clinical research in their region and it is great to see the next generation of researchers coming through.”

As part of the application process the applicants had to set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in the future.

Trainee award winners will be invited to attend the Royal College of Physicians new members ceremony on 3 October 2018. Consultant award winners will be invited to the Harveian Oration on 18 October 2018.


"The clinicians who have received this award are all worthy winners and their outstanding contribution to research within the NHS is a credit to our profession. In such tough times for the NHS it is great to see that such passion and dedication can still break through."

Professor Margaret Johnson
Academic Vice President
Royal College of Physicians


“The competition was really intense for this year’s RCP prize winners. It is fantastic to see such commitment to research from both consultants and trainees across the country, leading clinical studies to improve outcomes for patients in the NHS.”

Professor Nick Lemoine
Medical Director
NIHR Clinical Research Network

Previous winners




Consultant research awards

Trainee research awards


Consultant research award

  • Professor Colin Rees, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Trainee research award

  • Dr Christopher McAloon, Cardiology Research Fellow and PhD Candidate currently out-of-program from cardiology specialty training within the West Midlands Deanery