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Award for frontline medics

A legacy from Dennis Parker (Medicine 1953) will fund an annual Innovation Prize, awarded to the student whose idea is judged to have the greatest potential impact on education, leadership, teamwork, clinical practice or the community. Dr Parker served as a medical officer in the RAF and was awarded the MBE in 1967 for services with the British Joint Services Training Team in Ghana. The inaugural prize went to student James Nicholson who developed the Leeds Medical Student Community First Responder Scheme. The scheme has given students the chance to support the care of acutely ill patients outside the hospital, building on a range of skills integral to the University’s medical curriculum. Thirty medical students have been trained so far in basic life support, providing oxygen therapy and using a defibrillator.