An Edge Hill academic has received a national award for his commitment to primary care research and leadership credentials.

Senior Lecturer in General Practice Dr Greg Irving has scooped the John Fry Award based on his impact-driven research career to date, his leadership skills and for his contributions to national and international health initiatives. 

The John Fry Award is given to GPs who have promoted general practice in the medical community through extensive research and publishing. The award is intended to encourage people to undertake research as a practising GP early on in their career.

Dr Irving said: “It’s an incredible honour to have been given this prestigious award by my peers and have my commitment to research recognised. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown just how important all research is. The public saw this most keenly in the rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccines but GPs and doctors will also be aware of other projects that led to the development of tools to rapidly identify those at high risk of adverse outcomes and a multitude of new ways to treat and protect patients.

“This is an exciting time for primary care research, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds, I also hope that other doctors and GPs are inspired to take up research in their careers.”

Dr Irving was nominated for the award by his peers in the RCGP Fellowship and Awards committee and the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

His research to date has focused on developing and evaluating complex interventions for use in primary care. He has experience in systematic reviews, randomised trials, observational studies along with qualitative research approaches.

On top of his research commitments, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and leads the complexity and uncertainty theme on the MBChB Medicine Course at Edge Hill’s Medical School. His medical education interests reflect those of his research interests and in addition have focused on global health, workplace-based training and role modelling.

As the Deputy Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Coast Complex Intervention Theme, he is on the forefront of an organisation that funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

Edge Hill’s Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England. With a range of Nursing and Medical programmes, students can take advantage of top facilities, including the new Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, home to human patient simulators which can imitate a range of symptoms. 

The University’s Medical School has been training much-needed additional doctors for the North West since 2020 who understand the needs of the local communities and can respond to, and drive forward, new models of care.

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