Hospitals’ research gains regional recognition at research awards

Three pieces of research work in Lincolnshire’s hospitals have been shortlisted for regional awards. The entries have all been shortlisted for the National Institute for Health Research East Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN) awards.

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Three pieces of research work in Lincolnshire’s hospitals have been shortlisted for regional research awards.

The entries have all been shortlisted for the National Institute for Health Research East Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN) awards. These awards recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and inspirational research work across the East Midlands.

  • The Lincolnshire Clinical Research Facility (LCRF) team has been shortlisted under the outstanding CRN partner contribution category. This is in recognition of the huge steps that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has made in research, going from doing minimal research to having a fully-functioning clinical research facility, which is now among the top recruiting centres in the country for a number of clinical trials.
  • The LCRF clinical trials pharmacy team has been shortlisted in the significant contribution of services supporting research category This recognises the flexible and innovative approach that ULHT’s pharmacy department takes to research, resulting in a large number of drug trials carried out.
  • Senior Clinical Research Nurse Helen Walker has also been shortlisted, under the exemplary investigator contribution category. This recognises the fact that Helen has recently been made chief investigator of two multi-centre and multi-national clinical trials- a great achievement as very few nurses lead research on their own.

Director of the Lincolnshire Clinical Research Facility, Dr Tanweer Ahmed, said: “I am so proud of the team and their achievements. I understand there were over 100 entries for seven categories, so it’s exciting that Lincolnshire Clinical Research Facility’s three teams have been shortlisted.

“I believe this clearly demonstrates the great work that we are doing in research in Lincolnshire’s hospitals, and the huge amount of research that is going on within Lincolnshire for the benefit of Lincolnshire patients and ULH staff.”

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in Nottingham on taking place on Friday 29 April.

Trust Medical Director, Dr Suneil Kapadia said: “Clinical research has expanded in the last few years due to their hard work and dedication. Clinical research is helping the Trust in setting up specialist clinical services and improving patient care.”

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The East Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS. They help researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; support the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programmes; provide health professionals with research training; and work with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity.