Research in spotlight at North West Coast Awards

The region’s inspiring clinical research and innovation teams and individuals were celebrated at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2015.

Around 200 guests gathered at Chester Racecourse on Monday 30th November where 34 finalists were rewarded for their outstanding achievements in clinical research and healthcare innovation, at an event hosted by NHS writer, broadcaster, and speaker Roy Lilley.

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2015 was a collaborative celebration event between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), NIHR CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The purpose of the event was to celebrate success for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation.

At the event’s core was the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas.

The awards were aimed at a variety of stakeholders who work with the three organisations, including NHS partner organisations, local authorities, industry partners, academic partners, and business partners working in health innovation.

Among the winners was Dr Umesh Chauhan and NHS East Lancashire Commissioning Group (CCG) for A passionate and purposeful research partner entry in the Partner Team Leadership Award.

Dr Chauhan (pictured) said: “I’m particularly amazed and think it’s fantastic to receive this but it was a team effort. This is for the CCG  as well because they have been really supportive in funding a lot of projects and it’s good recognition.”

On Merseyside, Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed from the University of Liverpool and member of the CLAHRC NWC, was recognised for his continuing contribution to clinical research with the Host Executive Clinical Research Award.

Professor Pirmohamed’s research, which spans the whole spectrum from discovery to implementation, focuses on identifying strategies to personalise healthcare. He has made an outstanding contribution to medicine and research.

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC North West Coast, said:  “I am delighted to acknowledge and help celebrate the fantastic research being done across the North West Coast to help reduce health inequalities. We will continue to promote collaborative approaches with our partners to ensure that research is focused on the end results of an enhanced patient experience and ultimately improved health.”

In total, there were 120 nominations to 12 categories, which resulted in 34 finalists being selected following two rounds of robust shortlisting.

The full list of winners from all 12 categoties are shown below. To access the event programme from the night which includes a list of all category finalists, please click here.

To view all the photographs from the night click here

Finally to see the highlights on social media from the night, please search #NWCawards2015 on Twitter.

NWC Research & Innovation Award Winners 2015

Life Sciences Achievement Award
Layton Medical Centre – ‘Advancing tomorrow’s care by leading today’s research’

Most Innovative NHS Team
Countess of Chester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – An innovative way of improving stroke care at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Research Student of the Year 

Nadeem Gire (University of Central Lancashire) – Techcare: Mobile Assessment and Therapy for Psychosis: An intervention for clients within the early intervention service

Clinical Research Impact Award
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust / University of Liverpool / Wolfson Centre for Personalised MedicineTrust – Collaborative working and innovative methods of recruitment to research studies

Best Example of Advancing Local NHS Systems for Innovation Award
Wirral Alliance Clinical Commissioning Group – PACE: Preventing Admissions from COPD Exacerbations

Clinical Research Individual or Team of the Year Award
Katrina Rigby (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) – Senior research midwife

Best Example of Collaborative Working Award

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust/5 Boroughs/Cheshire Constabulary – Street Triage

Host Executive Clinical Research Award 
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust / University of Liverpool – Outstanding contribution to medicine and research

Partner Team Leadership Award 
Dr Umesh Chauhan of NHS East Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group –‘ A passionate and purposeful research partner’

Stand Out Contribution of a Business Partner
3D Lifeprints: Embedded 3D printing facility at Alder Hey Hospital

Research Innovation Award 

University of Liverpool – The PPH Butterfly: redefining postpartum haeomorrhage treatment

Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement
May Griffiths – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for ‘A Carer’s Journey of Involvement in Research in Blackpool, the North West and Nationally’

More articles     Posted on: 09 December 2015