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 three awards funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) for their Fellows, Members and trainee members. This year there is also a Trainee Network category. These awards for NHS consultants, trainee doctors and trainee networks 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:
Applications from a Trainee Network should be made by one lead applicant, providing details of the network’s activities. Some coordination between members will be required if you are applying on behalf of your Trainee Network.
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, or support to develop the Trainee Network further.
Application process and judging of applications
The awards will be presented during RCoA’s flagship event ‘Anaesthesia 2018’ taking place 22-23 May 2018 in London. RCoA will provide complimentary places to award winners to attend the event, and travel arrangements will be provided by the NIHR.
The inaugural Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Clinical Research Network awards 2016 were presented at the RCoA 25th Anniversary Meeting on 8 March 2017. The meeting marked a yearlong celebration of RCoA gaining its Royal Charter. Her Royal Highness Princess Royal, RCoA's Royal Patron, presented the awards:
The winners have written about their experience of the day and their award winning research work in the RCoA Bulletin, see page 54-55.
The opening address highlighted the significant developments that have taken place over the last 25 years and looked to the future: