Date: 26 February 2018
If health and social care research were to stop today, the healthcare of the future would be exactly as it is today. There would be no new treatments, no new ways of alleviating pain or suffering, no new ways to prevent and treat disease.
Health research taking place within NHS organisations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex contributes to improving the health of the local population and the health of the country.
Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent research taking place within our local NHS at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards.
Winners came from NHS Trusts and Primary Care, showing excellent collaboration between Trusts in the region and showcasing innovation being generated locally, within studies and involving patients in the research pathway. The awards were presented by Dr Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer NIHR Clinical Research Network, ; Dr Mark Hill, Co-Clinical Director, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex; Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
In 2016/17 more people than ever across Kent, Surrey and Sussex became involved with health research. Over 35,000 participants were given access to new and better treatments by being recruited into clinical research studies within our local NHS organisations.
Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director at the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said: “It’s great to see a real appetite for research across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. A research-active NHS can improve care and outcomes for all patients. The fact that all NHS trusts in our region are research-active is a massive step in the right direction.
“This year the NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday and as part of that we are recognising the massive contribution that clinical research has made in the south east, by improving treatments for our patients, in the past, now and in the future.”
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Acting Chair of Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership Board said: "I would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees. Without the dedicated staff involved in all areas of healthcare research we would not be able to create the opportunities for patients to become involved in contributing to transformational improvements in NHS treatments for everyone. Today was an opportunity to thank colleagues for their commitment and to celebrate their achievements but also to reflect on the essential role that members of the public and patients play in clinical research. I would like to take this opportunity to thank patients and the public for supporting this important work and for giving of themselves, their time and healthcare experiences".
Dr Emma Worrell, Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Queen Victoria Hospital Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Clara Strauss, Research Lead for the Sussex Mindfulness Centre - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Ruth Danson, General Practitioner - Woodbridge Hill surgery, Guildford
Best contribution to commercial research
GLOVE study - Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Park Surgery, Horsham
Best contribution to non-commercial research
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Improvement and Innovation award
Dr Cate Bell, Head of Research - Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
The Lighthouse Medical Practice Eastbourne
Involving patients in research award
Natasha Cooper, Patient & Public Involvement Lead - Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Dorking Medical Practice, Surrey
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