Date: 22 February 2019
Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place within our local NHS at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) 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 Sine Littlewood, Head of Business Development & Marketing (non-commercial) at the NIHR CRN; Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director, NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
In 2017/18 more people than ever across Kent, Surrey and Sussex became involved with health research. Over 36,000 patients and healthy volunteers 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: “I am delighted to see the hard work and dedication of our NHS researchers recognised by NHS leaders and colleagues. They give our patients, carers and members of the public opportunities to take part in life-changing studies which makes a real difference to patients and the care they receive.”
Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex said: “It gives me great pleasure to recognise the achievements of our partners across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who give such great care and provide opportunities for patients and the public to participate in ground breaking and scientifically significant research. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, whether winning an award or not, for their contribution to our research endeavour.”
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership Board said: "I would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees. Clinical research is critical to the development of new treatments and approaches and continuously improving the quality and effectiveness of care we give. Importantly it also stimulates creativity, is a great team activity and an effective vehicle for engaging and involving patients and the community. Regions like Kent, Surrey and Sussex have much to offer researchers, industry and innovators and it’s fantastic to see members of the team making such great strides forward and involving patients in contributing to transformational improvements in NHS treatments for everyone despite the considerable pressures on the NHS more generally. My thanks and admiration go to all those involved.”
Winner: Jennifer Teke - Medway Community Healthcare
Winner: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Winner: Heather Taylor - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Winner: Linda Folkes and Carla Lewis - Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Winner: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Winner: Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
*Left to right, the photo shows: The winner of this year's Rising Star Award, Jennifer Teke, Lead Research Nurse & Research and Development Facilitator - Medway Community Healthcare; Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex; Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director at the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Sine Littlewood, Head of Business Development & Marketing (non-commercial) at the NIHR CRN.
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