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May was a bumper awards month for CLAHRC Oxford project lead, Dr Daniel Lasserson, receiving both the prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners John Fry Award, and the Oxford University Student's Union Teaching Award for 'Outstanding Supervisor in Medical Sciences'.

The John Fry Award was presented to Dr Lasserson for innovation in acute care models for older patients, along with his research on stroke prevention and chronic kidney disease. 

The John Fry award recognises efforts of practicing GPs in promoting the discipline of general practice through research and publishing.

DLDr Lasserson was also honoured as 'Outstanding Supervisor in Medical Sciences' at the Oxford University Student's Union Teaching Awards.

The awards are nominated by students for outstanding supervisors who are supportive of students' professional development, responsive, enable progression, create a stimulating and challenging research environment and critically engage with their own students' subject matter.

Dr Lasserson's work in the CLAHRCs Early intervention and service redesign theme examines the effectiveness of 'emergency multidisciplinary Units', community hospital sites which provide medical, nursing and therapist assessments and treatments. The units are designed to offer patients a faster and more convenient alternative to admission to an acute hospital.

Specifically, Dr Lassersons work looks to see if integrating mental health expertise in these units, to comprehensively assess older people, can lead to reductions in medical admissions, bed usage, sedation, carer stress and subsequent care home placement.

Previous winners of the John Fry award include CLAHRC Oxford Theme Five lead, Richard McManus.