Date: 07 November 2018
Sharon Simpson, lead older persons mental health research nurse at Solent NHS Trust, has won the Nursing Times Award for Clinical Research Nursing.
On receiving the award, a surprised and delighted Sharon took to twitter:
OMG I only went and did it!” before adding, “Such a privilege to be honoured with this award. It’s such a wonderful accolade to be recognised for something I just love to do, this is the icing on the cake.”
Sharon was nominated for the award by her manager Dr Sarah Williams for the work she has done to introduce research within care and nursing homes. Sharon said:
“There was clear paucity of research being conducted in the care and nursing home sector. I used my previous experiences and relationships I had built upon as an older person’s community mental health nurse and introduced research into our local care homes. The homes welcomed us with open arms and the partnerships are thriving. To date we have recruited over 500 participants and have over 30 homes within our partnership. It is growing and we intend to expand further into Southampton.”
“Clinical research is vitally important if we are to identify better interventions and treatments that can improve the lives of our patients. Without research we simply stagnate and we ‘make do’. We should open our eyes, ears and minds and always look to work together to make a difference for our patients.
“This award will give me the platform to shout louder and further for my patients that do not have a voice, and put the residents of care and nursing homes on the map of research.”
Dr Sarah Williams, associate director for research & improvement at Solent NHS Trust, said:
“I am immensely proud of the team that has been recognised by this award – credit goes to all the care homes across Portsmouth that work in partnership with us and give generously of their time and space to increase access to research for residents, families and their staff.
“As more care moves out of hospitals, these collaborations are ever more important, and the impact this work has on local communities is fantastic. Thanks to Sharon, our older person’s mental health research team and the homes for all that they do every day.”
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.
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