Director Awarded Prestigious Status for Research

A senior member of the CLAHRC NWC Management Team has gained national recognition for her contribution to health research. 

The University of Central Lancashire’s Professor Caroline Watkins (pictured, left) has been awarded Senior Investigator status by the National institute of Health Research (NIHR), which finances and oversees research across the NHS.

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.

Recognised for her outstanding contribution to patient-focused research and leadership, Professor Watkins was also commended for her strong interactions with patients and the public, as well as policy makers.

Professor Watkins said: “My aim, and that of my research team, is to improve stroke care through research, and then support its implementation into practice. This award demonstrates NIHR’s commitment to increasing the capacity for research into stroke nursing, through supporting the development of high quality nursing researchers.” 

As Director of CLAHRC NWC Capacity Building and Implementation, Professor Watkins has led the introduction of Internship roles and CLAHRC NWC funded PhD studentships in North West Universities, to drive forward health inequality research across the region.

Professor Watkins’s research portfolio spans the entire stroke care pathway, including being the lead for the CLAHRC NWC research into psychological support for stroke survivors.

Over two hundred NIHR Senior Investigators have been appointed through annual competitions by the NIHR, informed by the advice of an international expert panel.

Dr Pierre Martin-Hirsch, Director of Research and Innovation, at CLAHRC NWC Partner Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This award will support our mission to enhance research capability at the trust, supporting our provision of excellent evidence-based care.” 

Senior Investigators also provide leadership and expert advice to the NIHR research faculty, and act as ambassadors to promote clinical and applied people-focused research.

The purpose of identifying and rewarding Senior Investigators is to support and incentivise key individuals who are making the most outstanding contribution to research essential for decision-making in health and in social care.

More articles     Posted on: 05 April 2016