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Physio student uses analytical skills to win prestigious prize

11 November 2014 - 12:00pm

A physiotherapy student has triumphed over nurses, midwives and other healthcare students to win first prize in a competition to critically analyse clinical research.


Physiotherapy student Lynette Fox receives her HealthWatch prize from broadcaster Nick Ross - photo: HealthWatch

Lynette Fox, a second year student from the University of Nottingham, won a UK-wide contest that invites students to assess the evidence presented in research protocols.

The annual competition is organised by charity HealthWatch, which aims to promote evidence-based medicine.

Broadcaster Nick Ross, the charity’s president, presented Ms Fox with a £500 prize at a ceremony held in London last month.

Ms Fox told Frontline: ‘I entered the competition because we do a module on evidence-based medicine at Nottingham University and I wanted to prove to myself that I could use what I’d learnt to critically analyse evidence.

‘For the competition we had to rank the evidence for hypothetical research protocols and write a 600 word essay. I want to make sure that I understand research, because I will be using it in my future career.’

Ms Fox added that she hoped other physio students would enter the competition next year.

‘It’s a UK wide competition so go ahead and enter. You’ll get to meet a lot of professionals at the presentation that you can learn from and network with to develop your career further.’

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