Royal College of Emergency Medicine awards

Outstanding emergency medicine research leaders commended

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is delighted to announce the winners of the research awards run in partnership with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). These new awards, for members of RCEM, recognise outstanding contributions of principal and young investigators in the conduct of clinical research in the field of emergency medicine.

The Principal Investigator of the Year was awarded to Dr Jason Kendall from North Bristol NHS Trust for his contribution to research in the field of emergency medicine throughout his career. The Young Investigator of the Year is Hridesh Chatha, a Senior Clinical Fellow based at the Northern General Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Principal investigator nominees were required to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to:

  • the design, delivery, conduct and/or dissemination of research
  • building research capacity in the specialty.

Young investigator nominees had to submit a research proposal that demonstrated:

  • the potential for the award to develop the academic career of the individual and to lead on to further funding
  • methodological rigour demonstrated in the written proposal and oral presentation
  • evidence of structured and realistic costings that represent value for money to RCEM.

Professor Stephen Smye, NIHR CRN Specialty Cluster Lead said,

There was a really impressive number of strong applications to the schemes and the award winners demonstrated particularly  impressive commitment to research.  

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through NIHR CRN. The enthusiastic engagement of consultant and trainee doctors is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These awards aim to recognise outstanding contributions of NHS clinicians to the conduct of NIHR CRN Portfolio research studies.

Professor Richard Body, Professor of Emergency Medicine, RCEM said,

We are very pleased to have been able to award the first co-branded Young Investigator of the Year and Principal Investigator of the Year awards from both RCEM and the NIHR CRN. This co-branding recognises just how important the contribution of these individuals is to Emergency Medicine research in the UK. The two individuals who won the awards certainly justify the titles, for very different reasons. Jason Kendall has been rewarded for his outstanding efforts to deliver Emergency Medicine research over many years, while Hridesh Chatha is a young clinical academic with exceptional potential.

Young Investigator winner, Dr Chatha  received a modest financial award, which must be invested in his future research. Both award winners presented a summary of their contributions to research at the RCEM Clinical Studies Group annual meeting on 16 January 2018.