Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies.
We are pleased to announce for a consecutive year two awards funded by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) for their Fellows, Members and trainee members. These awards for NHS consultants, SAS doctors and trainee doctors will be awarded jointly with the Clinical Research Network.
Applicants are required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:
Applicants should set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in future. This may be in the form of support for a personal development plan.
“The high standard of critical care services is made possible by the quality research conducted in the field by, among others, our consultant and trainee doctors. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is delighted to work with the NIHR to fund these two research awards to help recognise such achievements.”
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
Application process and judging of applications
The awards will be presented during the Intensive Care Society's State of the Art Meeting on 6 December 2017, award winners must be available to attend the ceremony. The Intensive Care Society will kindly give complimentary entrance to the winners if they are not already registered as delegates.
Winners will also be invited to the State of the Art speaker’s dinner on the evening of 4 December 2017, to meet and dine with the conference faculty as a guest of the Intensive Care Society.
State of the Art is the UK’s main, recently-revamped critical care meeting, and the Intensive Care Society invites you to consider attending the full day or full three day meeting. The programme and other details are available at https://soa.ics.ac.uk/.
“Following the great success of these inaugural prizes, we look forward to developing the awards scheme further in partnership with the FICM and encourage NHS colleagues to consider applying in 2017.”
Professor Paul Dark
NIHR Clinical Research Network
National Specialty Lead for Critical Care and Chair of the Judging Panel
Winners of the first joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and Clinical Research Network awards received their honours in December 2016, demonstrating outstanding leadership and excellence in research delivery from NHS consultants and trainees in Intensive Care Medicine.
The awards were presented during the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting. Applicants included trainees, junior consultants and established colleagues practicing NHS Intensive Care Medicine throughout the UK. Joanne Ashcroft, NIHR Clinical Research Network Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead and member of the judging panel said:
“The applications we received for these inaugural awards were inspiring to read. They clearly demonstrate the dedication of the Critical Care research workforce. The strong leadership the applicants displayed is vital in helping the specialty to deliver complex studies for patient benefit.”
Professor Stephen Smye, NIHR Clinical Research Network Specialty Cluster Lead and awards panel member said:
“The applicants described some really outstanding examples of excellent clinical research leadership, with impact extending beyond critical care to the wider clinical research community and NHS. Effective clinical research leadership is central to the next 10 years of NIHR as it continues to embed research in the NHS for the benefit of patients.”