HIS Early Career Award 2020

The Council of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) announced Dr Benjamin Parcell as the first recipient of the HIS Early Career Award 2020 in recognition of his outstanding innovative contributions to the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections as an early career clinician.

Dr Elisabeth Ridgway, Chair of Trustees said:

"HIS Council were particularly impressed by Dr Parcell’s enthusiastic commitment to  implementing and communicating novel research during his clinical role in order to improve patient experiences and outcomes. HIS Council also recognised Dr Parcell’s role in the application of rapid molecular diagnostics within routine clinical pathways to optimise and inform IPC strategies, and the use of innovative data analysis to understand the epidemiology of healthcare associated infections.  This award will be considered annually from 2020 and was created to celebrate of the 40th anniversaries of HIS and the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI)"

Dr Parcell shares the Clinical Lead for Microbiology at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and is a Consultant in Medical Microbiology/NRS Career Researcher Fellow.

On winning the award, Dr Parcell said:

“I am delighted and very honoured to have been selected to receive the 2020 Healthcare Infection Society Early Career Award. I would like to thank the inspiring researchers I have worked with at the University of Dundee particularly Dr Charis Marwick, Professor James Chalmers and Dr Helge Dorfmueller. Thank you to my supervisors, Professor Stephen Gillespie and Professor Matthew Holden at the University of St Andrews who have encouraged me at every stage and continue to give me such strong support. I am also very grateful to colleagues from Microbiology and the Infection Prevention and Control Team for their invaluable assistance and contributions. And of course my wife and young family for their unending patience and love as I have attempted to balance my early consultant career and my research interests with home life.”

Dr Parcell's award manuscript was published online in the Journal of Hospital Infection on 8 November 2020 and is entitled Clinical perspectives in integrating whole-genome sequencing into the investigation of healthcare and public health outbreaks – hype or help?