Date: 05 December 2017
Research teams from the Eastern region recently hosted a visit from Dr Jonathan Sheffield OBE, the Chief Executive Officer for the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) – the research delivery arm of the NHS.
Dr Sheffield (pictured third from right) was welcomed by Mark Davies (pictured fourth from right), Chief Executive of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) which hosts the NIHR CRN in the Eastern region, for a tour of the Quadram Institute based at the Norwich Research Park.
The Quadram Institute which is due to open in 2018 will be at the forefront of food science and will be home to a broad range of future health research funded by the NIHR. NNUH’s new Endoscopy Unit at the Quadram Institute will provide state of the art facilities, a dedicated unit with enough space for an expanded service for 40,000 patients per year.
Accompanied by regional leads from the NIHR and guided by Dr Simon Rushbrook, Consultant Hepatologist at NNUH, Dr Sheffield was keen to see the Endoscopy Unit and research area where clinicians will work alongside scientists to conduct research to improve human health.
Following the tour of the Quadram Institute, the group were given access to the UK’s first Older People’s Emergency Department which is currently under construction at NNUH. They were joined by Chris Cobb, Director of Medicine and Emergency Services and Dr Helen May, Consultant in Older Peoples Medicine at the Trust and a regional Ageing research lead for the NIHR. They highlighted the Trust’s innovative plans to transform the way it delivers emergency care for patients over the age of 80.
Dr Sheffield was excited to hear of the extensive progress happening in the area to increase research opportunities for patients. Of his visit, he said:
“It’s thrilling to see the vision for research in Norwich coming to fruition. The depth to which partners in the city and wider Eastern region are collaborating will have a significant impact on advancing the growth of research across all health conditions. This progress ultimately translates to better care for the people at the centre of our motivation – the patients - and more opportunities for the public to play a part in helping design treatments in the future.”
Mark Davies welcomed the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the work happening to make Norwich a heavyweight in the research field. He said:
“Research underpins all we do in healthcare and the NNUH is at the forefront for increasing research opportunities in the region with more than 300 research studies in the Trust at any one time. In addition, we work with research partners on a local and national level and we are delighted to play a part in leading advances in human health on a global scale.”
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