Kamal Mahtani is NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Deputy Director at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. He has conducted School funded research on reducing salt intake in heart failure patients, the risks and benefits of anticoagulants with patients with atrial fibrillation and, evidence based medication use and unplanned hospital admissions. This is the third year in a row that a SPCR member has won the award with previous awards going to Clare Taylor (2015) and Helen Atherton (2014), and Christian Mallen received the award in 2011. See previous winners.
Kamal outlines his plans for the award and top tips for new GP researchers on the RCGP website:
What does your research involve?
I am the deputy director of the centre for evidence based medicine (CEBM), based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. At the CEBM we are dedicated to the practice, teaching and dissemination of high quality evidence based medicine to improve healthcare in everyday clinical practice. My main research interests lie in evidence synthesis and how we implement evidence to inform decisions with individual patients, populations or at a policy level. I am the lead author of a number of Cochrane systematic reviews and most recently have completed a body of work on improving the evidence base for patients needing anticoagulation.
The NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme and my institution have provided great opportunities and support"- Dr Kamal Mahtani
How will you be using the award?
Recently the RCGP launched the “Bright Ideas” campaign to encourage GPs to “take up practices which have been successful elsewhere and encourage them to try new ideas themselves”. My proposal is to explore whether the Bright Ideas concept could be extended to an international forum of primary care researchers. Principally, I will seek to gain information on how genuine improvements in primary care have been successfully implemented in other healthcare systems and how these might be translated to the UK system.
Read more about Kamal's award on the RCGP website.
Read more about the previous awards.