National award for Primary Care academic
Dr Hazel Everitt, from Primary Care and Population Sciences at the University of Southampton, has been awarded a prestigious national award by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).
The RCGP John Fry award is presented to one Member or Fellow of the College who has ‘promoted the discipline of General Practice through research and publishing as a practising GP’. The award commemorates the work of the late John Fry (1922-1994) who was a GP who made an exceptional contribution to research and publishing.
Dr Everitt has been a clinical academic in primary care at the University of Southampton since 1999. Her research includes improving the management of common conditions including infections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and insomnia and improving patients’ ability to self-care and self-manage these conditions.
Current research by Dr Everitt is examining the management of IBS; she is chief investigator for an NIHR HTA funded multicentre trial looking at the clinical and cost effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for IBS; and is also leading a Cochrane Review into anti-depressants for insomnia.
Dr Everitt’s research into the management of acute conjunctivitis has been incorporated into local and national guidance and she is also co-editor and co-author of the highly regarded and widely used Oxford Handbook of General Practice, which has won several awards and is currently in its 4th edition.
Dr Everitt, who is an Associate Professor in General Practice, says: “I am delighted to hear that I will receive the John Fry award, it is a great honour to be recognised for my research and publishing. General practice is at the heart of patient care within the NHS and high quality research in primary care and dissemination of evidence-based practice has the potential to improve the lives of many patients.”
The award will be presented to Dr Everitt at the colleges Spring Annual General Meeting in London next May.