Research Awards

Celebrating excellence in primary care research is an important part of the Research Programme at the RCGP. These awards celebrate research and help to promote them to GPs and the wider primary healthcare community.

Research Paper of the Year Award 

Since 1996, the annual Research Paper of the Year Award has given recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of high quality research relating to general practice or primary care. Authors of the award-winning paper are invited to present at the RCGP Annual Conference.

The overall winner are selected from category winning research papers. Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Cancer
  • Category 2: CVD, Renal, Respiratory, Oral, ENT & Ophthalmology
  • Category 3: Children, Reproduction, Genetics, Infections
  • Category 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia
  • Category 5: Health Service Delivery and Public Health (includes generic primary care topics)
  • Category 6: Endocrinology (incl. Diabetes), Gastroenterology, Musculoskeletal and Trauma, and Dermatology   

For further information, email RPY@rcgp.org.uk or phone 020 3188 7594.

Congratulations to the winners of Research Paper of the Year 2017 - awarded in 2018:

Category 1: Cancer
Bailey S, Ukoumunne O, Shephard E, Hamilton W. Clinical relevance of thrombocytosis in primary care: a prospective cohort study of cancer incidence using English electronic medical records and cancer registry data. British Journal of General Practice. 2017;67(659):e405-e413.

Category 2: CVD, Renal, Respiratory, Oral, ENT & Ophthalmology
Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C, Brindle P. Development and validation of QRISK3 risk prediction algorithms to estimate future risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2017;:j2099.

Category 3: Children, Reproduction, Genetics, Infections
Morgan C, Webb R, Carr M, Kontopantelis E, Green J, Chew-Graham C et al. Incidence, clinical management, and mortality risk following self-harm among children and adolescents: cohort study in primary care. BMJ. 2017;:j4351.

Category 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia
Spiers J, Buszewicz M, Chew-Graham C, Gerada C, Kessler D, Leggett N et al. Barriers, facilitators, and survival strategies for GPs seeking treatment for distress: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice. 2017;67(663):e700-e708.

Category 5: Health Service Delivery and Public Health
Wynne-Jones G, Artus M, Bishop A, Lawton S, Lewis M, Jowett S et al. Effectiveness and costs of a vocational advice service to improve work outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary care. PAIN. 2018;159(1):128-138.

Category 6: Endocrinology (including Diabetes), Gastroenterology, Musculoskeletal and Trauma, and Dermatology
Barry E, Roberts S, Oke J, Vijayaraghavan S, Normansell R, Greenhalgh T. Efficacy and effectiveness of screen and treat policies in prevention of type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of screening tests and interventions. BMJ. 2017;356:i6538.

Research Paper of the Year 2017 Overall Winner:

Barry E, Roberts S, Oke J, Vijayaraghavan S, Normansell R, Greenhalgh T. Efficacy and effectiveness of screen and treat policies in prevention of type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of screening tests and interventions. BMJ. 2017;356:i6538.

Clinical Research Awards 2018 

These awards, run in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for members of the College, recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

The 2018 winners are:

  • First5® award – Dr Rachel Spencer, Park Leys Medical Practice, Coventry
  • Practice award – Claremont Medical Practice, Exmouth

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;
  • the contribution made to the delivery of studies;
  • innovative methods of study delivery.

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 by RCGP Honorary Treasurer Dr Steve Mowle, during the RCGP Annual Conference on 06 October 2018 in Glasgow.

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher 

The annual Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher, presented jointly by the RCGP and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) recognises the contributions of earlier career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care through research. Academic primary care is a distinct discipline, which drives constant improvement in primary care through education and research. The £1,000 award is intended to enable the successful candidate to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries, and to attend and present work at an international research meeting.

Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice and this award was instituted to commemorate her contribution to primary care research.

Winner for 2018 is Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, a GP Registrar and Patient Safety researcher at Cardiff University.

For further information, please contact the Research team at SFB@rcgp.org.uk or phone 020 3188 7594. 

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