Amanda Tortice

Research Matters: A ‘vision’ for 2021, some good feedback and a last day at school…

Date: 29 May 2018

Hello everyone,

Another busy month draws to a close and, if anything, May brought home the vital nature of research in the NHS - and beyond - particularly strongly.

Research was in the spotlight this month, with International Clinical Trials Day on May 20 being marked by a series of events across the region before and after the date, which fell on a Sunday this year.

I’d like to profoundly thank all the trusts and CCGs from Yorkshire and Humber who got involved this year, and for your continuing support of research. Public awareness campaigns such as International Clinical Trials Day really help to highlight the importance of research.

Research has also been chosen as the theme for May during the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations, with NHS communications channels celebrating research heroes and discoveries throughout the month.

We have our own little hero in Yorkshire and Humber, too. Rachel De Souza was on the verge of palliative care when she asked about research into advanced cancer. The remarkable story of what happened next is here, but it’s testament to what hope research can give to patients.

Research into public health was on the agenda at our first VISION2021 meeting at The Principal in York on May 24. The get-together saw about 80 delegates and assorted high-profile speakers from the region discuss public health trends and how different organisations approach the subject.

Ideas were also shared during breakout sessions in the afternoon, which focussed on aspirations for public health in the future. There was, as the old saying goes, great energy in the room, and I keenly anticipate the next quarterly meeting, which will be held at the same venue on 31 July, with the theme of Digital and Medical Technologies. Look out for more details soon.

I’m not quite able to keep the promise to you I made last month that reports would not be a feature of this column, but I’m pleased to be able to tell you that our Annual Delivery Report is complete - sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this - and we’ve had positive feedback on our recently-submitted Annual Delivery Plan, which is great.

Deadlines are never far away in the Network, and our next one is for the paperwork in support of the mid-year review with the NIHR Coordinating Centre. The meeting is 10 July, but our deadline is 15 June. That should keep us on our toes!

Finally, on a personal note, my son had his last-ever day at school on 25 May, as he hopefully heads off to university later in the year. He won’t realise it yet, but as many of us know, an education of a different kind starts now!

Best wishes,


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    In her latest column, Amanda Tortice, Chief Operating Officer of CRN Yorkshire and Humber, talks about our first VISION2021 meeting, research heroes, and a last day at school...
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