Celebrating excellence in primary care research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has been working with the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board for three years to recognise NHS general practices and First5® GPs who are active in research (http://bit.ly/RCGPCRNawards). 

The awards are for members of the RCGP and acknowledge outstanding contributions and innovations of NHS general practices and First5® GPs who conduct NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in a primary care setting. As with last years’ awards we included the devolved nations. 

Applicants were asked to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with weight being attached to:

  • 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 including ‘measurable’ step change in the local environment for research
Applicants also set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in future.

The awards were open to entries for four months and closed on 20 August 2018. A panel made up of RCGP Scientific Foundation board, NIHR Clinical Research Network, and patient representatives assessed the applications. The applications received reflect the strong and continued commitment to research with some truly exciting examples of general practices and GPs bringing research closer to the public. The panel were very pleased with the range of entries showcasing the new and innovative ways that general practices and GPs are increasing opportunities for patients to take part in research as well as involving patients in the research process.

The Claremont Medical Practice, Exmouth is this year’s General Practice award winner, and the First5® GP award goes to Dr Rachel Spencer from Park Leys Medical Practice, Coventry. Winners attended the RCGP Annual Conference in Glasgow on 6 October 2018, where awards were presented by RCGP Honorary Treasurer Dr Steve Mowle. 

Commenting on this years’ award, judging panellist Associate Professor Phillip Evans, National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, Clinical Research Network said:

"It is great to see another tranche of high quality applications for our SFB RCGP and NIHR CRN awards and as always it was difficult to make a final decision. The applications of both the practices and the First5 GPs were of the highest possible standard and demonstrated some great examples of innovation and outstanding research delivery.” 

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