Date: 04 April 2018
Research professionals and patients from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust have been presented with three awards, at a ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex.
Announced as the winners for Research Support Excellence and Excellence in Patient and Public Engagement, the Trust also scooped the prize for Outstanding Research Team, which went to the Gastroenterology Research Team based at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The awards were presented in recognition of the hard work of research teams across the Trust who have recruited more than 5,000 research participants into studies in the last year, offering local patients access to better care, services and treatments.
Research nurse Rosalynn Austin, who works closely with the Patient Research Ambassador Group who won the award for Excellence in Patient and Public Engagement, said: “Working with the group, I have seen how their insight can improve a study. Their energy in promoting research is inspirational!”
Professor Anoop Chauhan, Director of Research and Innovation at the Trust, said: “The awards are a great achievement, not only for our research teams, but for the whole Trust, and especially for our patients.
“It is our aim to be able to offer every patient who enters our hospital the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial.
“We are continually working hard to increase our research portfolio to be able to offer our patients the very best treatments, medicines and services available, because we know that patients cared for in a research-active environment have better outcomes.”
Rebecca McKay, Chief Operating Officer of NIHR CRN Wessex said: “The CRN Wessex awards ceremony is a great opportunity to acknowledge the very diverse and exciting research that is taking place across the region every day. The Network would like to send our congratulations to Joe Shoebridge, the Gastro Research Team and the Patient Research Ambassador Group on receipt of their awards.”
Now in their second year, the NIHR CRN Wessex Awards are designed to offer much-deserved recognition for the Wessex research community who continue to improve patient care through research. In 2017/18 to date, CRN Wessex supported NHS trusts to deliver over 800 research studies across the Wessex region, involving more than 38,000 patients and healthy volunteers.
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