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Dr Julian Hancock discusses the prize and this year’s worthy winner, Jessica Forsyth

Image of Jessica ForsythLast year we introduced an annual University of Oxford prize in primary care for Year 5 students, bringing us into line with other clinical specialties. Students are encouraged to submit projects with a focus on innovation and inspiration. This can be in any format they choose, from the traditional written essay to narrated presentations, videos or podcasts. Bernard Bukala was last year’s winner, with a project about improving the review of patients with Parkinson’s.

This year’s winner has just been announced! The prize has been awarded to Jessica Forsyth (pictured left) for her very topical proposal for improving the detection of psychosocial clues in video consultations.  

On the subject of prizes, Oxford students also have a great track record nationally. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research hosts an annual prize for medical students. Oxford students have won this prize in recent years - Zuzanna Bien in 2018 and George Shaw in 2019.

This year, Charlotte Laycock was highly commended for her submission, which was based on her Year 5 QI Project about prescribing exercise for patients.

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