Sheffield Doctor Scoops Top Research Award

Dr Carolyn Morgan a junior doctor working at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield won first prize for research she had undertaken in collaboration with Sheffield University´s School of Health and Related Research under the supervision of Dr Suzanne Mason, Reader in Emergency Medicine.

Carolyn, who is in her second year of training, was one of 30 junior doctors who presented their research at the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Foundation Presentation Day, held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park recently.

Her research: `Time spent in the emergency department: An analysis of the effect of the 4 hour target´ reviewed the performance of a number of UK emergency departments over four years since the 4-hour target was introduced. It showed that there has been a significant increase year on year in patient movement in the last 20 minutes before four hours is reached. It is unclear whether this increased activity is in the interest of patient care.

The panel of judges chaired by Professor Sarah Thomas the Postgraduate Dean was faced with a very difficult decision as the standard of competition was incredibly high. However Carolyn´s research clearly struck a chord as if there had been a "clapometer" in the room she would have been off the scale! This is excellent news for both the South Yorkshire Deanery and ScHARR in particular.