The inaugural Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG) awards were announced on Thursday 21st November, by Professor David Haslam, chair of NICE

The award winners were as follows:

  • Lifetime Achievement in Primary Care Gastroenterology Award –
    Winner: Professor Roger Jones

  • Most Significant contribution to Primary Care Gastroenterology in 2013 –
    Joint Winners: Professor Greg Rubin and Profesor Pali Hungin

  • Primary Care Gastroenterology Practice Nurse of the Year –
    Winner: Karen Holbrook

  • Patient Award for Inspiration –
    Winner: Rob Starr

Roger Jones is the Founding President of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology and the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. Educated at Oxford and St Thomas, he is President and Chair of Core, the Digestive Diseases Foundation and Provost of the South London Faculty of the RCGP, as well as Editor of the British Journal of General Practice.

Professor Pali Hungin is the Dean of Medicine and the Head of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University. A medical doctor, he is also Professor of Primary Care and General Practice and the Director of the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research within the School.

Greg Rubin is a GP and Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at Durham University. His principal research interest is the management of gastrointestinal problems in primary care and at the interface with secondary care, particularly for cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, and he has published extensively on this subject. He recently completed a term as Chair of the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. He also chairs the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Scientific Foundation Board.

Karen Holbrook works both within the NHS at Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals and also in the Community at Prime Endoscopy Bristol based at Westbury on Trym. She has also been an IBD Nurse Specialist and has done an MSc in Health Sciences (IBD) She is a hypnotherapist. Karen is highly skilled and a great team member, her contribution to our unit is highly valued by all that work with her.

When Rob Starr decided to swim the English Channel in memory of his father Edward, who had passed away from cancer, he knew he had set himself an enormous challenge. The 21-mile swim through the freezing waters of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes would be enough to daunt even someone at the peak of physical fitness. However Rob had another hurdle to overcome – the 44-year-old businessman suffers from Crohn’s disease and assumed that the cold temperatures would exacerbate the crippling abdominal pains he regularly suffered. What he did not expect was that the icy seawater would actually relieve his agony….

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