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NIHR Research Engagement Award - 2016 Winners

The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) Research Engagement Award celebrates outstanding examples of leadership by Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) in health research in primary care.

Run in partnership with the NIHR Clinical Research Network for a second year, PPGs across England were invited to submit applications that showcased innovative approaches to better patient choice and better patient care through research.





First prize: White Horse Medical Practice PPG


From left to right: Sue Hannon, Wantage PPG, Dr Simon Cartwright, GP, White Horse Medical Practice, Marcus Lapthorn, Member, White Horse Medical Practice PPG, Dr Patricia Wilkie OBE, President and Chair, N.A.P.P. and Gene Webb, Chair, White Horse Medical Practice PPG.


First prize was awarded to White Horse Medical Practice PPG in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, for their local engagement and research into maternity service needs.

The work was the inspiration of the PPG who were concerned about the current level of maternity staff in the area. In light of projected population growth due to planned new housing and its impact on health services in general, the group decided to carry out research into maternity services. An outstanding element in their approach was their engagement with the local community, other PPGs and wider groups including the Women’s Institute. They also worked with the Royal College of Midwives.

From left to right: Sue Hannon, Wantage PPG, Dr Simon Cartwright, GP, White Horse Medical Practice, Marcus Lapthorn, Member, White Horse Medical Practice PPG, Dr Patricia Wilkie OBE, President and Chair, N.A.P.P. and Gene Webb, Chair, White Horse Medical Practice PPG.

First prize was awarded to White Horse Medical Practice PPG in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, for their local engagement and research into maternity service needs.

The work was the inspiration of the PPG who were concerned about the current level of maternity staff in the area. In light of projected population growth due to planned new housing and its impact on health services in general, the group decided to carry out research into maternity services. An outstanding element in their approach was their engagement with the local community, other PPGs and wider groups including the Women’s Institute. They also worked with the Royal College of Midwives.


Second prize: Charnwood Community Medical Group PPG


John Todd, Chair of Charnwood Community Medical Group PPG, receiving the award from Dr Patricia Wilkie OBE, President and Chair of N.A.P.P. Paul Hanlon, Practice Manager and Dr G. P. Hanlon, Senior Practice Partner at Charnwood Community Medical Group stand either side of Patricia Wilkie and are joined by other members of the PPG.


Second prize was awarded to Charnwood Community Medical Group PPG in Loughborough, for their research into support for people with long-term medical conditions.

The project was led by John Todd, Chair of the PPG and Paul Hanlon, Practice Manager at Charnwood Community Medical Group. Both the PPG and practice were keen to look at the ways in which patients with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and stroke could be better supported and the most effective ways that this could be achieved.


Further information at https://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/can-help/patients-carers-public/n-a-p-p-research-engagement-award-2016/

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