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Best of clinical research showcased at awards evening

Over 100 health professionals from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire attended a special event at Sixways Stadium in Worcester last week to celebrate the achievements of clinical trials and research in the two counties.

The event showcased the best of the clinical research that has taken place in the last year, with awards being handed out for some of the most impressive schemes to help benefit patients.

Awards were presented as part of a “Developing a Research Culture” seminar, where a programme of inspirational guest speakers shared their experiences, including speakers from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Clinical Research Network West Midlands, and University of Worcester.

Clinical trials and research aim to build evidence for new approaches to improve patient care. This is done by testing the effectiveness of new medication, diagnostics, and treatment plans to determine whether new treatments in development are better than what is currently available to patients.

In our region, clinical research is carried out by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Research Consortium, based at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The team is made up of consultants, specialist nurses and midwives as well as support staff.

So far this year, the group has recruited over 1,100 patients into more than 80 different research trials. These have involved everything from filling in questionnaires or providing blood samples to attending an educational programme or trying new types of medicines.

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Dr David Wilson, Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Medical Director for Research and Development said: “We wanted to hold this event to celebrate the hard work and commitment of all staff involved in research.

“I believe that the potential for clinical research in our area is enormous, and I am optimistic about how this will evolve, and the benefits that this will undoubtedly bring to our patients.”

Anna Walker, Assistant Research Manager said: “Celebrating the successful contribution that all staff engaged in research is so important and it was fantastic to be able to recognise this publicly with our Research Awards.”

If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, ask your doctor, nurse or midwife if there is a clinical trial that you could join. To find out more about Research and Development in Worcestershire visit: www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/R&D or follow the team on Twitter @WAHT_Research

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The full list of award winners is:

  • Best Individual Contribution to Research - Catherine Townsend
  • Best Team Contribution to Research - Upper GI Research Team (Martin Wadley; Donna Traynor; Cheng Boon; Rachel Henson; Rebekah Hart; Pamela Wilks; Amanda Holdsworth; Jayne Tyler and Dagmara Bak)
  • Best Commercial Recruiter - Dr Helen Routledge
  • Best Contribution to Activity Based Funding - Dr Lisa Capaldi
  • Best Overall Contribution to Patient Recruitment - Janine Birch

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