Dr Mark Porter wins HealthWatch award

By September 30, 2015Public

Dr Mark Porter, MJA member and presenter of the BBC medical series Inside Health, has won this year’s HealthWatch Award.

The annual award is given to someone who has made significant steps either in medical research or in improving the public’s understanding of health issues by clarifying complicated and often misunderstood medical matters for the general public.

MJA members are invited to HealthWatch award presentation on October 20.

The presentation starts at 7.30pm, after the charity’s AGM which starts at 6.30pm, and will take place at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos St, London, Greater London W1G 9EB (nearest Underground station, Oxford Circus)

The presentation is free, but will be followed by an optional buffet dinner with wine at 8.45pm at a cost of £45. If you wish to stay for the dinner places need to be booked in advance, click here to book your place and submit your completed form as soon as possible to reserve your place. Contact point for dinner reservations is David Bender, HealthWatch Secretary, at david.bender@btinternet.com.

HealthWatch is a UK charity that has promoted evidence-based medicine since 1991. www.healthwatch-uk.org

Here is the HealthWatch announcement of Mark’s win:

Dr Mark Porter MBE, GP and presenter of BBC Radio 4 flagship medical series “Inside Health”, is to receive the 23rd HealthWatch Annual Award. One of the most experienced media medics in the UK, Mark is also the medical correspondent at The Times and doctor on The One Show. Mark spent 5 years working in hospital before moving into General Practice in 1990 where he still works today at a busy surgery in South Gloucestershire. Since joining the BBC in 1992 he has worked across the corporation’s various media, including a 10 year stint as the Health Editor on Radio Times, and 8 years presenting Radio 4’s Case Notes. Mark was appointed MBE in 2005 for services to medicine.

Mark will be in conversation with HealthWatch president, the journalist and broadcaster Nick Ross, on the subject of “EBM for the people – the importance of spreading the word”, at the 2015 HealthWatch open meeting and Annual General Meeting. The meeting will also include presentations of cheques for up to £500 each to the winners in the UK-wide HealthWatch Student Prize competition in which students of medicine and allied professions show their skills in assessing research protocols. Awards will be presented by Nick Ross.

HealthWatch, a registered charity established in 1991, promotes science and integrity in medicine. Further information from the HealthWatch website www.healthwatch-uk.org (n.b. HealthWatch has no connection with “Healthwatch England”, a more recently established UK Government initiative.)

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