ECA previous winners
Previous winners of the Early Career Award
The PHCSG Early Career Award recognises innovation and excellence in Primary Care Computing. It is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the subject. The Early Career Award was renamed the Hildi Franke Award in 2023.
The 2022 Early Career Awards was presented to Divyesh Vela for his work on GP Automate – robotic process automation software that reduces the burden on clinicians by automating mundane tasks such as actioning normal lab reports.
Dr Ralph Kwame Akyea
The 2021 Early Career Award was presented to Dr Ralph Akyea for his work in the application of machine learning to assist with the detection of familial hypercholesterolaemia in primary care.
Dr Shamil Haroon
The 2018 winner of the Early Career award was Dr Shamil Haroon for his work on "Information standards for recording alcohol use in electronic health records: findings from a national consultation"
The 2017 Early Career Award was presented to Zaheer Ahmed, Informatics Lead for the Clinical Effectiveness Group at Queen Mary University of London.
Dr Nazmul Akunjee
The 2016 Early Career Award was presented by Dr Joan Trowell to Dr Nazmul Akunjee, GP Partner at West Green Surgery, Haringey CCG GP IT Lead Medical Director for Federated4Health.
Richard Williams is a senior software engineer working at the University of Manchester within the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Richard was the lead developer on the SMASH project and is currently working towards a PhD on the gap between “routinely collected” and “research ready” datasets.
The second Early Career Prize was awarded to Paolo Fraccaro MEng for his work on the development and preliminary validation of a dynamic, patient-tailored method to detect abnormal laboratory test results.