North West Coast award winners

The region's top innovators and researchers in health care were recognised at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. 

They included a pharmacist who has developed an electronic system for prescribing medicine to discharged hospital patients, direct to their local pharmacies; and technology to monitor patients' health in their homes which has reduced admissions to hospital.

The awards were a collaboration between the Innovation Agency; the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North West Coast.

There were an unprecedented three wins for teams from Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement in Research Award was presented to young patient research ambassador, 17 year old Sophie Ainsworth, who set up a support group called RAiSE - Raising Awareness of Invisible Illnesses in Schools and Education two years ago.

The NIHR @10 Award for Clinical Research Outstanding Impact was presented to the Local Research Network co-ordinated by Alder Hey; and the Most Innovative Collaboration Award was won by the team behind an app to help families familiarise themselves with the hospital and distract young patients while they are being treated.

Alistair Gray, Chief Pharmacist at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was named Innovation Champion, for his work to establish 'Refer to Pharmacy' – a tool which has led to huge improvements in patients' use of medication after being discharged from hospital.

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: "The North West Coast is rich in talent and collaborations and our awards have thrown a light on outstanding individuals and organisations leading the way in research and innovation. These are people who go over and above what is asked of them, to make a real difference to people's lives."

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC NWC, said: "These awards have showcased the benefits of working together. By having members of the public, universities, industry, NHS partners and others in a knowledge sharing environment, we can deliver ground-breaking research that improves the health and wellbeing of the population of the North West Coast."

Jacqueline Pirmohamed, Chief Operating Officer of the NIHR CRN North West Coast, said: "I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists; the awards are a fantastic celebration of the region's achievements and success relating to research and innovation."

"I would also like to thank the many patients and other individuals who give up their valuable time, often at challenging times in their lives, to benefit our understanding of disease and its treatment."

The full list of winners is below.

Best System Improvement Innovation: Care Home Innovation Programme, NHS South Sefton CCG

Best Industry Partnership: Digitally Supported Self-care, Philips and NHS Liverpool CCG; and Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance

Most Innovative Collaboration: Digital Alder Hey, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation Champion: Development and delivery of Refer to Pharmacy, Alistair Gray - East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Most Innovative NHS Team: Pushing the Boundaries, NHS R&D North West

Clinical Research Rising Star: Dr Tina Dutt - A Rising Star in Clinical Research Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Clinical Research Team or Site of the Year: Queen Square Medical Practice Research Team - A Federation Approach to Research, Queen Square Medical Practice

Certificate of Merit from NIHR CRN NWC: Caroline Burchett - Making research happen for children: leading by example, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & NIHR CRN: Children

Clinical Research Role Model of the Year: Professor Nusrat Husain, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Excellence in the Delivery of Commercial Life Sciences Research: Championing commercial research in Primary Care, Layton Medical Centre

NIHR @10 Clinical Research Outstanding Impact: 10 years at Alder Hey, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Research for Wellbeing: Horticulture for Wellbeing in a North West Prison, Flo Seymour - University of Central Lancashire (pictured, above)

Research Student of the Year: Ben Morton, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Delivering Research in Collaboration: Reducing childhood illness through improved vaccination uptake, Public Health England North West, Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Team

CLAHRC NWC Partner Priority Award: Knowsley Multidisciplinary Community Cardiovascular Disease and Respiratory Services, Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust

Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement in Research: Young Patient Research Ambassador Flo Seymour, Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility

More articles     Posted on: 15 February 2017