Clinical Research Network awards

Andrienne Papadopoulou, Specialty Cluster Coordinator for Clinical Research Network

We are pleased to have worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for a second year, to recognise NHS general practices and First5® GPs who are active in research (http://www.bit.ly/RCGPCRNawards).

The awards are for members of the RCGP and acknowledge the outstanding contributions and innovations of NHS general practices and First5® GPs to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in a primary care setting. An exciting addition to this year's awards was the inclusion of the devolved nations. 

Applicants were asked to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to the below characteristics, as well as setting out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in future:

  • the range and number of clinical research studies on the Portfolio
  • how they engaged with patients to inform them of new opportunities to participate in clinical research studies
  • their contribution and innovative methods used in the successful delivery of clinical research studies

The awards were open to entries for four months and closed on 4 September. A panel made up of RCGP, Clinical Research Network and patient representatives assessed the applications. The applications received reflect the commitment to research and ground-breaking work that general practices and GPs are bringing closer to the public. The panel were pleased with the range of entries showcasing the new and innovative ways that general practices and GPs are engaging with the public about research and the opportunities available to them.

The Bovey Tracey & Chudleigh Practice is this year's general practice award winner and the First5® GP award went to Dr Christopher Newark from Buckden and Little Paxton surgeries. Winners attended this years' RCGP Annual Conference on 12 October. Awards were presented by Joanne Ashcroft, Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead for the Clinical Research Network.

Professor Stephen Smye, Specialty Cluster Lead for the Clinical Research Network said "It is well-recognised that general practice is under significant pressure and yet all the applicants to this scheme demonstrated very impressive energy and innovation in increasing opportunities for patients to participate in high quality research."

Contact

Clinical Innovation and Research Centre: 020 3188 7597
circ@rcgp.org.uk

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