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Two Yorkshire and Humber NHS trusts among cream of crop for national research nursing award

Date: 11 October 2017

Research nurses from two NHS trusts in Yorkshire and Humber have been nominated for a Nursing Times award.

Research nursing teams from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) have been shortlisted in the Clinical Research Nursing category, which is sponsored by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

The Nursing Times Awards recognise excellence in nursing and patient care, with this year’s event to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 2 November.

Sheffield’s stroke research team are nominated following intensive efforts to give more people who suffer from stroke the opportunity to take part in research. 

The team attended consultant ward rounds and clinical meetings, ran training sessions and shared an office with the clinical stroke team to keep those on the stroke unit, speech and language therapists, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other research nurses up to date with potential new trials and ongoing studies that their patients could take part in.

Emma Richards, Senior Stroke Research Sister at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been recognised for this award. Between 2016 and 2017 Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were the fourth highest recruiter to stroke research nationally out of 188 centres.

"Stroke can affect anyone at any age and can have devastating effects not only on patients but on their family or carers. By championing research to a wide range of professionals, every patient who is being treated or recovering from a stroke within our Trust is now eligible to take part in research if they wish to do so.”

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has focussed on educating and guiding its staff by producing an induction booklet for its research delivery team.

The booklet covers all aspects of research delivery, from study set-up, the roles of different members of a research team, safety reporting and informed consent as well as other useful information.

Suzanne Rogerson, Senior Research Nurse at LTHT, said: “I am extremely proud to be part of the team shortlisted for this award. The resource we have developed will guide and educate clinical research staff. Clinical research within the NHS is key in improving outcomes and treatments for our patients.”

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