CaHRU and MRCGP collaboration wins RCGP Research Paper of the Year category prize for Medical Education

A research study led by a team from CaHRU, ‘Candidate perceptions of the UK Recorded Consultation Assessment: cross-sectional data linkage study‘, published in the journal, Education for Primary Care, won the category prize for Medical Education in the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year 2021 Award. The judging panel selected the paper to recognise a group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.

The study and the award was announced and presented to lead author, Dr Vanessa Botan, postdoctoral research associate in medical statistics at CaHRU, at the joint RCGP/ WONCA Europe Conference, 28 June at ExCel, London in the “Winner’s Enclosure” where Vanessa also presented the study findings. The study found the Recorded Consultation Assessment to be a broadly acceptable and feasible alternative to the Clinical Skills Assessment amongst candidates during COVID-19 but also identified areas for improvement, such as extending the consultation time and providing information and support to doctors undertaking the assessment. These recommendations along with others identified by the team have since been implemented.

The study team, led by Professor Niro Siriwardena, involved collaboration with examination experts and academics including Despina Laparidou, Viet-Hai Phung and Professor Graham Law from CaHRU, Richard Wakeford from the University of Cambridge, Professor Adrian Freeman from the University of Exeter, and Dr Meiling Denney and Peter Cheung from MRCGP examinations. This is the second time that CaHRU has won this award having previously won in 2019 for a study, ‘Exploring reasons for differences in performance between UK and international medical graduates in the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test: a cognitive interview study’, published in BMJ Open. The study is part of a wider programme of research, investigating the reliability, fairness and validity of the MRCGP exam, involving members of the team including Dr Vanessa Botan, Dr Julie Pattinson, Despina Laparidou, Viet-Hai Phung, Profs Graham Law and Niro  Siriwardena working with the MRCGP exams and the GP National Recruitment Office funded by the RCGP and Health Education England.

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