Date: 22 March 2019
Around 170 healthcare professionals and patient representatives from across the Wessex region have gathered for an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements in research.
The event, which was organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Wessex (CRN Wessex), took place at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Thursday 21 March. Nominees from healthcare settings across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight gathered to hear how their research contributions have benefitted the NHS, public health and social care.
Guests were entertained by the master of ceremonies, comedian Christie Grattan, as well as a choir, who opened the ceremony with a three-song a cappella performance.
A total of nine awards were presented, including two special awards for outstanding achievement for both an individual and a team. Guest presenters included representatives from event sponsors Janssen, Edge and SilverLining, as well as the NIHR CRN Coordinating Centre.
Rebecca McKay, chief operating officer of CRN Wessex, explains the importance of recognising the achievements of healthcare professionals working in Wessex: “The CRN Wessex awards ceremony is a great opportunity to acknowledge the very diverse and exciting research that is taking place across Wessex every day. We would like to thank everyone who joined us for the awards and we send our congratulations to all the winners and nominees. We would also like to thank our award sponsors, the staff at St Mary’s Stadium and the choir.”
Now in their third year, the NIHR CRN Wessex awards offer much-deserved recognition for the Wessex research community, who continue to improve care through research.
A full list of the winners can be found below:
Outstanding research leadership
Dr Hermione Price, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Outstanding collaborative working
Research department, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Excellence in patient and public involvement and engagement
Dorset County Hospital Patient Research Ambassador Group
Outstanding clinical trial support
Kim Meldrum, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Excellence in the delivery of commercial research studies
Dr Chris Anderson, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Outstanding research professional
Jayne Longstaff, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Emily Beaves, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Outstanding achievement, team award
Neurosurgery research team, University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Outstanding achievement, individual award
Laura Purandare, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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