Research Fellowships

RCGP aims to support those undertaking research in primary care. One way in which we do this is by supporting researchers through academic fellowships.

Background

RCGP’s SFB and Diabetes UK have teamed up to jointly fund a new research initiative: The Diabetes UK-RCGP Academic Fellowship in General Practice.

With 2.8 million people in the UK with diabetes and estimates of an additional 850,000 with undiagnosed diabetes, General Practitioners play a vital role in supporting diabetes management in primary care and in the diagnosis and treatment of people with diabetes.

However, there are a lack of opportunities for GPs to receive research training to answer the questions important to help improve the early diagnosis and management of diabetes in a primary care setting.

Partnership

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK said “Diabetes UK is delighted to join forces with the RCGP to launch a research training scheme that aims to help plug the gap that exists in research training for GPs. General Practitioners are key in delivering essential improvements in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes and through this fellowship Diabetes UK and the RCGP aim to support promising research-focused GPs in gaining the research training they need to help improve the lives of people living with diabetes further.”

Professor Helen Lester, Chair of the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) and Secretary to the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board who are joint funding this initiative said “this is a wonderful opportunity for a GP to develop excellent research skills applied to Diabetes, working under the supervision of a University academic department”.

Through this fellowship we aim to provide support to enable a GP to undertake training in research at a UK higher Education Institution leading to an MSc or MRes relevant to diabetes research.

Results

In September 2011 a two year Fellowship was Awarded to Dr Neel Basudev to carry out work with King’s College London. The study’s title is “A randomised controlled trial to evaluate diabetes virtual clinics for Type 2 diabetes patients in primary care”.

If you would be interested in discussing funding research in partnership with the RCGP please contact the team at circ@rcgp.org.uk or on 0203 188 7597.

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