Dennis Parker Innovation Prize

We are pleased to award James Nicholson the Dennis Parker Innovation Prize for his work on developing The Leeds Medical Student Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme.

The Leeds Medical Student Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme is a volunteering initiative that will train medical students to respond to urgent emergencies in their local area.

The committee also wishes to give honourable mention to the Healthcare Technology Cooperative Foundation (HTCf) and an application submitted by recent MBChB graduate William Bolton on behalf of the student-led affiliation set up to champion interdisciplinary collaboration and education amongst undergraduates to tackle unmet clinical needs, particularly in surgery and biotechnology.

The Dennis Parker Prize is a new prize of £250 open to all students in all years of the MBChB and is awarded to the best new or redesigned and improved initiative with potential to have impact in four possible categories:

  • Educational impact;
  • Impact on leadership and team-working;
  • Impact on clinical practice;
  • Community impact.

Criteria used in judging the award were:

  • Originality
  • Implementation
  • Dissemination
  • Sustainability

The Leeds Medical Student Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme is a volunteering initiative that will train medical students to respond to urgent emergencies in their local area – providing potentially lifesaving interventions in the minutes before an ambulance arrives. With support from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, we have initially recruited 30 students to be trained in late 2016. Pairs will spend one evening per fortnight responding to nearby calls using a GPS enabled smartphone. They will be equipped to perform basic life support, provide oxygen therapy and use the scheme’s AED. This will give students the chance to support the care of acutely ill patients outside of the hospital, building on a range of skills integral to the Leeds medical curriculum. We are excited at the prospect of students volunteering in the communities where they may later practice and, after considerable interest from across all years of the MBChB, we plan to expand the scheme further once operational.