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The highly esteemed Yvonne Carter award for Outstanding New Researcher has been won this year by Dr Clare Taylor while Dr Sophie Park received Highly Commended.

This is the second year in a row that a SPCR trainee and former trainee have been successful with Dr Helen Atherton winning it in 2014. It was also awarded to SPCR Training Director, Professor Christian Mallen in 2011. 

I became involved with research into cardiovascular disease as an academic GP trainee and, thanks to funding from the NIHR and the NIHR SPCR, I have been able to continue and develop as a researcher. I am coming to the end of my PhD now and, as with any research, my doctoral work has highlighted areas where further work is needed and that's my next challenge.

- Dr Clare Taylor, University of Birmingham

Clare Taylor's research into cardiovascular disease considers core challenges facing primary care practitioners by considering how to address the personal needs of people living with cardiovascular problems. During her School funded academic clinical fellowship, from 2011 to 2012, Clare completed a mixed method analysis of the diagnostic pathway for heart failure in primary care. 

Dr Sophie Park (SPCR researcher and academic clinical lecturer at UCL) was awarded Highly Commended for her innovative work in developing a distinct body of educational research. She currently holds a School funded grant to investigate patient participation in under graduate medical education in general practice at UCL. Sophie recently completed a School funded BEME systematic review of undergraduate medical education in the UK general setting.

The annual Yvonne Carter Award, presented jointly by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC), aims to support the career developments of a promising new researcher in primary care. It supports the award winner by providing the opportunity to develop international networks and partnerships.

Clare and Sophie will attend the award ceremony at the annual SAPC Academic Scientific Meeting on 9 July in Oxford where Clare will be presented with her award. Read the RCGP news and interview with Clare.

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