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Royal College of Physicians and NIHR award winners announced

Published: 11 November 2022

Royal College of Physicians and NIHR award winners announced

NIHR recognised the achievements of NHS consultants and trainees at a prestigious awards ceremony in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The RCP and Clinical Research Network research awards scheme acknowledged healthcare professionals' clinical leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) supported studies.

Winners had demonstrated their ability in increasing patient participation in studies. The panel also commended their contribution to delivering clinical research, with a particular emphasis on commercial contract studies.

Winning consultants included:

  • Anna Goodman, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ronak Rajani, Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Awarded trainees included:

  • Wenhao Li, Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London
  • Lisa Leung, ST7 cardiology trainee in EP and devices, South London Deanery for Cardiology - Rotations at St George’s University of London and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Winning clinicians received their awards at the Harveian Oration in London, whilst trainee winners collected theirs at RCP’s new members meeting.

Professor Nick Lemoine,NIHR CRN Medical Director, congratulated the winners. He said:

“Clinical leadership is vital for the world-leading performance of the NIHR CRN. Each of the consultants and trainees who are prize winners this year have made outstanding contributions to the delivery of research studies in their region and it is wonderful to see the next generation of researchers coming through.”

Royal College of Physicians Academic Vice President, Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam said:

“Our winners are some of the most skilled and talented researchers in their field. It’s a true privilege to be able to reward them for the fantastic work they’ve done.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of clinical research, making the recognition of achievements such as those made by our winners all the more important. I hope this will also serve as yet further evidence of the need to embed research within clinical practice.”

As part of the application process,applicants had to set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR CRN Network Portfolio studies in the future.

Since its establishment in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the NIHR CRN. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS physicians and trainees is essential for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.

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