2016 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Awards

Winners were announced and commendations presented at the 2016 Hippocrates Awards ceremony in London.

7th International Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium and
2016 Hippocrates Awards

Friday 15th April 2016 at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos St, W1G 9EB

The winning poems and commendations in all the 2016 Hippocrates Awards were published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

Open Prizes

FIrst Prize: Owen Lewis, New York, USA     At Tribeca's Edge 

Second Prize: Anne Ryland, Berwick-upon-Tweed, England     Anna's Left Hand

Third Prize: Jane McLaughlin, London, England     Poetry Takes up the Neurosurgeon

NHS Prizes

First Prize: Denise Bundred, Camberley, England     A Cardiologist Seeks Certainty 

Second Prize: Chris Woods, Bury, England     Blood Pressure Monitors

Third Prize: Karen Patricia Schofield, Crewe, England     Community Medicine 1974 

Biographies of shortlisted poets and inspiration for their poems

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Denise Bundred trained as a paediatrician in Cape Town and as a paediatric cardiologist in Liverpool. After retiring, she completed an MA in Creative Writing. She has previously had seven poems commended and published in The Hippocrates Prize Anthologies between 2012 and 2015.  In October 2013 she read at a Poetry and Medicine event at the Manchester Literature Festival.  She has poems included in 'The Book of Love and Loss' (eds. J Hall and R.V. Bailey) which was published in 2014.   

She said: "A Cardiologist Seeks Certainty is an attempt to capture the ache of anxiety as I struggled to define a complex problem in the chambers and vessels of a baby’s heart, often with the pressing need for urgent surgery."

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Owen Lewis, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Einstein Medical College. U.K. poetry honors include Ver Poets, London School of Jewish Studies, and the Kent Sussex (2016). His poetry has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Four Way Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Cumberland Review and other publications. He is the author of three collections of poetry: March in San Miguel (2012), Sometimes Full of Daylight (2013), and Best Man (2015). He co-authored of Psychotherapies with Children: Adapting the Psychodynamic Process. At Columbia he teaches with the Narrative Medicine group.

About what inspired At Tribeca’s Edge, he said: "My students at Columbia, College of Physicians and Surgeons, were the inspiration for this poem. I sometimes teach a section of Foundations of Clinical Medicine, a course that extends over their first three semesters. Coming to the end of our time together, I felt overwhelmed considering all they had yet to learn, hoping they would hold onto their optimism and idealism, and humbled by what I had contributed. The poem is dedicated to them.”

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Jane McLaughlin has published poetry in numerous magazines and anthologies, has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and placed in several other national competitions. Her poem All Clear was commended in the Hippocrates Open in 2014, Her poetry collection Lockdown will be published by Cinnamon press in September 2016. She has also published short stories in magazines and anthologies and her ‘Crossover’ novella the Abbot’s Cat is available on Amazon.

On why she wrote Poetry Takes up the Neurosurgeon she said: "You meet amazing people on writing courses.  I got this idea from meeting a doctor who became a poet.  I am interested in how and why people become poets – often it seems there is no choice!”

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Anne Ryland lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed. She works as a tutor of Creative Writing, facilitating workshops in libraries and other community settings in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.  Later this year she will be setting up a poetry project in a day hospice. Her first collection of poetry, Autumnologist (Arrowhead Press), was shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2007, and her second collection, The Unmothering Class, was selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional Campaign 2012. Widely published in magazines and anthologies, her poems have also won prizes in competitions.

She said: "Anna’s Left Hand was inspired by a print of the first human X-ray photograph, depicting the hand of Wilhelm Röntgen’s wife Anna. This view inside her body reportedly caused her to exclaim, “I have seen my death.” I wanted to explore that encounter with mortality, and the emotions of a woman who becomes her husband’s experiment. The non-dominant ‘shadow hand’ also intrigued me; the medical dimension started to blend with the mythical."

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Karen Schofield said: "For most of my career I have been a consultant in clinical haematology although I have now retired from the NHS. This gives me time to write poetry and occasionally to supervise medical students who choose a medicine and poetry option at Keele University Medical School.  I am an enthusiastic member of the Stoke Stanza group and ‘Keele Poets at Silverdale Library’ and receive much support from both groups.  My poetry is often informed by my medical experiences and I like to think of unexpected ways to express the emotions of clinical encounters. I was awarded a commended place in 2014 for the Hippocrates Prize."

She added: “Community Medicine 1974 is based on a visit to a coalmine when I was a medical student in Sheffield and I remember the lights being turned off when we were at the coal face.  We often saw miners in our clinics and so the rest of the poem took shape.

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Chris Woods lives in Lancashire, works part time as a GP and is finding a bit more time to write. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, The British Medical Journal, The Guardian, The Independent, PN Review, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement amongst others and been broadcast on BBC Radio and Channel Four Television. He has been a prize winner in poetry competitions and commended twice in the Hippocrates Prize. His poetry has appeared in anthologies in the UK and America. His first poetry collection, Recovery, is published by Enitharmon Press. His second collection, Dangerous Driving, is published by Comma Press.

Reflecting on why he wrote Blood Pressure Monitors he said: "GPs measure a lot of blood pressures. I use a digital or electronic monitor in surgery, an aneroid or mechanical monitor with a dial for home visits and a mercury monitor for more complex patients such as those with heart rhythm problems. Mercury monitors remain the reference standard for the other types. After so many BP measurements in a day and the occasional very worrying one, the monitors are almost part of you and at the end of a particularly busy evening surgery may even take on a life of their own."





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