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Congratulations to Sam Rolfe, from University College London (UCL), who is the winner of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) George Lewith Prize for 2024. 

Sam has been awarded a funded place at the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Annual Scientific Meeting on the 3-5 July 2024 in Bristol.

Sam's submission was titled 'Total Triage in General Practice,' and upon learning of his win had the following to say;

“I am delighted to have received the George Lewith prize for my research exploring the Total Triage model in General Practice and its opportunities and challenges. I thoroughly enjoyed the project, and it has inspired a passion for research I want to develop further. I hope this will aid primary care clinicians in reflecting on their practice access routes and enabling them to consider changes that may support their local populations. A massive thank you to my supervisors Dr Emily Owen-Boukra and Professor Sophie Park for their encouragement and support, the team at Museum Practice for their guidance; Nesrin Yurtoglu for challenging my preconceptions and lastly the NIHR-SPCR for this amazing opportunity.”


Highly Commended:

Our congratulations to the other highly commended essay entries by Charles Coombs and Ishveer Sanghera also from UCL.

About the George Lewith Prize:

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) holds an annual competition for undergraduate medical students in memory of the eminent clinician, academic and mentor Professor George Lewith. George Lewith was Professor of Primary Care at the University of Southampton, and SPCR training lead. George made remarkable contributions to academic primary care and in particular to research in the area of complementary medicine, as a training lead, mentor and supervisor. 

The competition reach is beyond SPCR members and is open to all medical students from across the UK and provides our winner with the opportunity to find out more about academic primary care and become involved in research.