The RCGP is pleased to offer you the opportunity to apply for several awards. These awards have all been instituted to celebrate research, innovation and audit and to promote these to GPs and the wider primary healthcare community.

The Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher

The call for applications is now open.

Deadline for submission 31 January 2015

The annual Yvonne Carter Award, presented jointly by the RCGP and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) aims to support the career developments of a promising new researcher in primary care. It supports the award winner by providing the opportunity to develop international networks and partnerships.

This is with the purpose of facilitating the establishment of an international research profile, proving unique opportunities for career advancement.

The award was established in memory of Professor Yvonne Carer CBE. It encourages collaborative primary care research on an international level through providing the winner with the opportunity to attend and present work at an international conference.

For further information, please contact the CIRC team at or phone 020 388 7594

Yvonne Carter Award application details [PDF]

RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award

The award for research papers, published in 2013 was presented at the RCGP 2014 annual conference. The winning paper highlighted how a simple blood test could prevent heart failure in thousands of patients, for more information read the press release here.

The annual RCGP Research Paper of the Year (RPY) Award, now in its 18th year gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.

RPY submission process

The process for submitting papers published in 2014 for the annual award has not yet opened.

If you would like to be notified of this and other opportunities associated with research please send an email stating this to:

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year, winning paper

The award was presented at the 2014 RCGP annual conference to Joe Gallagher on behalf of the authors of the winning paper.

In this ground breaking study patients with heart problems were identified through detections of elevated levels of natriuretic peptide, a protein released by the heart when under stress or strain. Patients were then supported with a follow up that included a heart ultrasound, lifestyle advice, specialist nurse support and review by both their GP and cardiovascular consultant. As well as reducing repeated heart failure and hospital admissions for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, this approach reduced new onset of heart failure and significant heart dysfunction.

RCGP Research Paper of the Year and Category 2 winning paper

Ledwidge M, Gallagher J, Conlon C, Tallon E, O'Connell E, Dawkins I, Watson C, O'Hanlon R, Bermingham M, Patle A, Badabhagni MR, Murtagh G, Voon V, Tilson L, Barry M, McDonald L, Maurer B, McDonald K. Natriuretic peptide-based screening and collaborative care for heart failure: the STOP-HF randomised trail. JAMA. 2013. 310(1):66-74. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2013.7588

Category winners

Six category awards were given this year, aligned to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) research delivery divisions. The overall Research Paper of the Year award was selected from amongst these, going to the category 2 winning paper.

Category 1: Cancer

Dr Peter Murchie and colleagues at the University of Aberdeen found that GPs can effectively perform biopsies to test for melanoma without leading to poorer long term outcomes for patients. They demonstrated that patients who have their initial diagnostic excision biopsy in primary care experience fewer subsequent hospital admissions and fewer days in hospital.

Murchie P, Raja EA, Lee AJ, Campbell NC. Mortality and morbidity after initial diagnostic excision biopsy of cutaneous melanoma in primary versus secondary care. Br J Gen Pract. 2013. 63(613):e563-72. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp13X670697.

Category 2: Cardiovascular, Endocrine and Renal (see above details of the overall winning paper)

Category 3: Reproduction, Children, Genetics and Haematology

Dr Rachel Dommet et all from the University of Bristol identified twelve features associated with childhood cancer, increasing the risk of cancer diagnosis tenfold.

This research was highly commended because of its potential value to primary care practitioners in allowing them to identify signs of childhood cancer as early as possible.

Dommett RM, Redaniel T, Stevens MC, Martin RM, Hamilton W. Risk of childhood cancer with symptoms in primary care: a population-based case-control study. Br J Gen Pract. 2013. 63(606):e22-9. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp13X660742.

Category 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia

Dr Fiona Matthews and her team, including Professor Louise Robinson, RCGP Joint-Clinical Champion for Dementia, conducted a two-decade prevalence of dementia in individuals aged 65 years and older from three geographical areas of England. Their conclusions provide further evidence that a cohort effect exists in dementia prevalence and that later-born populations have a lower risk of prevalent dementia than those born earlier in the past century.

Matthews FE, Arthur A, Barnes LE, Bond J, Jagger C, Robinson L, Brayne C; Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Collaboration. A two-decade comparison of prevalence of dementia in individuals aged 65 years and older from three geographical areas of England: results of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study I and II. Lancet. 2013. 382(9902):1405-12. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61570-6.

Category 5: Primary Care, Public Health, Service Delivery and Musculoskeletal

Anne Kennedy from Southampton University and her team, including GP Dr Tom Blakeman, Dr Carolyn Chew-Graham, and Dr Joanna Protheroe, looked into supporting patients with long-term conditions to manage their own care.

They looked at the health needs of more than 5500 patients with long-term conditions in an area of northwest England with high levels of deprivation, exploring strategies to help patients self-manage, with support from their GP surgeries.

Kennedy A, Bower P, Reeves D, Blakeman T, Bowen R, Chew-Graham C, Eden M, Fullwood C, Gaffney H, Gardner C, Lee V, Morris R, Protheroe J, Richardson G, Sanders C, Swallow A, Thompson D, Rogers A; Salford National Institute for Health Research Gastrointest Implementation of self management support for long term conditions in routine primary care settings: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2013. 346:f2882. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f2882.

Category 6: Urgent Care, Infections, Respiratory and Gastroenterology

This randomised controlled trial by Dr Hillary Pinnock from the University of Edinburgh and her team looked in the effectiveness of telemonitoring - when integrated into existing clinical services - on hospital admission for COPD. It found that telemonitoring in this context was not effective in postponing admissions and did not improve patients' quality of life.

Pinnock H, Hanley J, McCloughan L, Todd A, Krishan A, Lewis S, Stoddart A, van der Pol M, MacNee W, Sheikh A, Pagliari C, McKinstry B. Effectiveness of telemonitoring integrated into existing clinical services on hospital admission for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: researcher blind, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2013. 347:f6070. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f6070.

More information about this award and inclusions within categories can be found in the document below.

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2013 (awarded in 2014) [PDF]


All submissions must:

  • be published between 1st Jan and 31st Dec 2013
  • relate to a research project which has been undertaken within the United Kingdom (UK) and/or the Republic of Ireland (ROI)
  • be directly applicable to general practice and/or primary care
  • have at least one practicing GP author at the time the study was undertaken

This award is not restricted to members of the RCGP.

For further information:
Email: or phone 020 3188 7594

Kuenssberg Award

This award was established in honour of Dr Ekkehard Kuenssberg and is awarded for high quality full cycle audit projects which demonstrate a change in clinical practice or service improvement as a direct result of the audit.

Five awards are given each year. Each award winner is encouraged to present their audit findings at conferences, including the RCGP conference; to work with CIRC or shadow the CIRC Chair, Head or Medical Director when they attend academic meetings or organisations that have a particular interest in audit; receive £1,000.00 covering related travel costs and conference fees.

Applications are welcomed from Associates in Training (AiT) or RCGP members within their first five years of general practice.

Conditions of entry [PDF]

Audit projects in RCGP’s clinical priority areas are of particular interest.

Clinical Priorities [PDF]

How to apply

AiTs and GPs can nominate themselves or be nominated. Please complete the registration form and submit this via email with the 3000 word report to

Applications for the 2013 award are now closed. Details of the 2014 Kuenssberg Award will be advertised in due course. 

Adolescent Health Care Award

The call for applications is now closed, details about next year's award will be available shortly.

This award was established in memory of Dr Kathy Phipps to encourage general practice to provide higher standards of care for their teenage patients, in keeping with the objectives of RCGP and the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.

An award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque is given to the individual GP or practice which has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people in the previous two years. The award will be presented at the RCGP's Annual General Meeting

Applications should be sent as a Word document of no more than six sides of A4 (12 font), information that cannot be sent electronically (e.g. patient leaflets) should be sent by post with five copies. One page of the application should consist of a summary of the project, this will be assessed by a teenage lay adjudicator, please use language in this section that is appropriate for this age group.

Completed applications should be sent to our Awards Administrator.

Adolescent Health Group

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