How we translate research into practice

An important part of research is ensuring it is heard by practitioners and translated into practice. We do this by working with researchers to help them implement and disseminate their work, with our awards that celebrate high quality research in general practice and by supporting general communications and dissemination of research and research opportunities.

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.

Clinical Research Awards 2021

Applications now open.

Offered by RCGP Scientific Foundation Board and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, these awards are open to RCGP members and recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

Applicants are 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 CRN studies in the UK
  • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in CRN clinical research
  • the contribution made to the delivery of studies
  • innovative methods of study delivery
  • application content timeframe is 1 January 2020 through 30 June 2021

For more information and to apply, please visit the NIHR website.

RCGP & SAPC Awards for Outstanding Early Career Researchers (Academic General Practitioner and Primary Care Scientist)

Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice. To commemorate her contribution to primary care research the Royal College of General Practitioners, through its Scientific Foundation Board, and the Society for Academic Primary Care jointly instituted the Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher in Primary Care.

This award ran for ten years, and has now been revised. From 2021 there will be two awards – one for an Academic GP and one for a Primary Care Scientist - made annually.

The call for submissions is now closed.

For further information, please contact the Research team at SFB@rcgp.org.uk.

Previous winners 

  • 2011 Professor Christian Mallen (GP)
  • 2012 Dr Katherine Cresswell (PhD)
  • 2013 Dr Greg Irving (GP)
  • 2014 Dr Helen Atherton (PhD)
  • 2015 Dr Clare J Taylor, MBE (GP), highly commended Dr Sophie Park (GP)
  • 2016 Dr Kamal Mahtani (GP)
  • 2017 Dr Nathan Davies (PhD)
  • 2018 Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens (GP), highly commended Dr Emma Wallace (GP)
  • 2019 Dr Emma Wallace (GP)
  • 2020 Dr Sarah Mitchell (GP), highly commended Dr Jessica Watson (GP)

Research Paper of the Year Award 

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award 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. 

The call for nominating papers is now closed.

Should you have difficulty submitting research papers using the format please contact RPY Team:
Email: RPY@rcgp.org.uk

Please note: due to the large volume of papers submitted for the award we are unable to confirm submissions by email on an individual basis.

The winners of Research Paper of the Year 2019 - awarded in 2020

The Overall Winner and Category 1 - Clinical Research Winner:

Prof Chris Butler and Prof Nick Francis for paper: C-Reactive Protein Testing to Guide Antibiotic Prescribing for COPD Exacerbations

Category 2 - Health Services Winner:

Dr Ross McQueenie for paper: Morbidity, mortality and missed appointments in healthcare: a national retrospective data linkage study

Category 3 - Medical Education Winner:

Dr Julie Pattinson for paper: Exploring reasons for differences in performance between UK and international medical graduates in the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners Applied Knowledge Test: a cognitive interview study

Category 3 - Medical Education Highly Commended Paper:

Dr Sharon Spooner for paper: The influence of training experiences on career intentions of the future GP workforce: a qualitative study of new GPs in England. British Journal of General Practice.

More information in the BJGP article

Find out about winners of the Research Paper of the Year Award from previous years.

Impact from research

Research is done to evidence and inform ways of working. To do this, we need to ensure that findings and recommendations from high quality research are heard by clinicians and can overcome any barriers to implementation. The RCGP is well placed with networks and reach to influence and communicate research findings in the primary care community, and to ensure GPs remain informed and supported.

The Impact from Research project offers UK-based researchers the opportunity to partner with the RCGP on projects that have the potential to have an impact on the delivery of care. It enables us to engage directly with research projects, working with both researchers as well as established academic GPs to support the implementation and dissemination of research to ensure it translates into practice.

The Impact from Research project allows us to:

  • Work with applicants on high quality research bids.
  • Collaborate on funding applications as partners in leading the implementation, dissemination and engagement work for the project.
  • Coordinate activities including research focused events and workshops, linking the project with any relevant existing RCGP focus for example Policy and Campaigns Priorities
  • Update existing resources such as e-Learning modules, toolkits and webinars
  • Link with our Research Ready® programme or the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre to access research networks, high quality data and influence best practice in research
  • Recruit a Clinical Champion if required to lead on the translation of the project into support and resources for GPs

Submission Requirements

If you are currently leading on a funding bid for a research project and would like more information or to discuss how the RCGP could support your project specifically, please send a completed Expression of Interest form [Word] to the RCGP Research team.

The research team will review expressions of interest every two weeks and endeavour to respond to queries within a reasonable time frame. Due to the high volume of submissions received, the team will prioritise requests which support those of the RCGP’s and Policy and Campaigns priorities 2020-23, as voted by our members. We also encourage researchers to engage us as early as possible to increase the likelihood of our being able to provide the required support. Please note that for any significant pieces of work, staff time will need to be resourced in the bid.

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