The PHCSG Hildi Franke Award recognises innovation and excellence in Primary Care Computing. It is for students or those in the first 5 years of their informatics career, and is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the subject. The prize was previously known as the Early Career Award, but was renamed to the Hildi Franke Award in 2023.
The 2023 Hildi Franke Award was presented to Stephen Bradley for his work published during his PhD on lung cancer diagnosis.
The 2022 Early Career Award 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.
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.