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Research nursing award winners cut travel time for patients


Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) have won the Nursing Times award for Clinical Research Nursing.

RDaSH’s  ‘Grounded Research’ project puts patients front and centre, focuses on making research opportunities available in the local community and works together with others in settings including prisons, schools, community care, primary care, hospitals  and patients’ homes.

Announcing the winner, Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care, said:

“The judges were impressed by the scope and diversity of research for patients and service users. The project offered research opportunities within the community to reduce the impact on patients needing to travel across a wide geographical area. The combined clinical and research resources demonstrated collaborations across a range of community settings along with a diversity of challenging specialties.” 

She added: “Patient involvement was at the heart of all decision making.” 

Clare Meachin, NIHR CRN Associate Director of Nursing, said:

“It was a fantastic evening. RDaSH are worthy winners and their commitment to providing service users research opportunities where they are most accessible is truly remarkable. Well done to all the other shortlisted teams too, you are all exceptional nurses, providing research and care in many different settings and in many innovative ways. Many congratulations.”

Speaking about the Grounded Research project on their website, the team say:

“Since forming in 2014 we have consistently sought to work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. Our attitude ensures research questions arise from our communities, are relevant to our communities and will be adopted by our communities. Our research is innovative, relevant and applicable.”

The Clinical Research Nursing award is sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and was created to recognise the key contribution of the clinical research nursing workforce.