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Shifa Surgery wins Royal College of General Practitioners and NIHR Clinical Research Network 2022 Award

Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shifa Surgery

The winners of the RCGP and NIHR CRN Awards have been announced - Shifa Surgery has won the Practice category.

The NIHR has recognised the achievements of GPs and GP surgeries that have enhanced capability and participation in research with two awards in partnership with the the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) and RCGP have acknowledged the excellent contributions of NHS clinicians to research with an award for research-active NHS general practices that demonstrate innovation and excellence in research delivery and an award for GPs with an emerging interest or experience in delivering primary care research.

Practice category: Shifa Surgery

The practice category, which identifies research-active NHS general practices that demonstrate innovation and excellence when delivering NIHR CRN portfolio research, has been awarded to the Shifa Surgery.

The judges were particularly impressed by how the Shifa Surgery has supported and increased research activity within the Blackburn North Primary Care Network (PCN), tackling health inequalities. This has allowed for substantial recruitment to PANORAMIC and the social prescribing inequality studies in the area. 

Through these innovations, the Shifa Surgery continues to be the highest recruiter for the PRINCIPLE study, which investigates COVID-19 treatments for recovery at home. The high participation in North Blackburn is vital, as the region was one of the worst affected by COVID-19.

The surgery’s recruitment has been targeted, resulting in the surgery’s research staff speaking eight languages. Research is then explained in the patient's own language, increasing patients’ confidence and understanding of studies.

"Research is an important and accessible part of medical advancement that can be achieved to its highest in every GP practice, regardless of what community they serve. I owe this success to my practice team, my patients and my community, who placed their trust in me." Dr Tanveer Ahmed, GP partner at the Shifa Surgery

Recognising outstanding research contributions

Professor Phil Evans, Deputy Medical Director for the NIHR CRN, said: "The NIHR CRN is delighted to work with the RCGP once again this year to award the Practice Award. This innovation and delivery, against the background of all the challenges of undertaking research in a pandemic, has been a substantial achievement. We congratulate the winners, but also all the applicants, for their contributions to primary care research in the CRN."

Dr Nicholas Thomas, Clinical Lead for Research for the RCGP, said: “The RCGP works closely with the NIHR CRN to celebrate and recognise research achievement. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the engagement and activity of our members. Congratulations to the winners and applicants”.

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