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Dorset NHS doctor recognised for outstanding leadership in research

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A doctor from University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) has been commended by the National Institute for Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for his outstanding contribution to research.

Dr Richard Balasubramaniam, Consultant Cardiologist, took home his award on Wednesday 20 October at a special ceremony in Liverpool.

Within the nomination criteria, applicants were asked to outline their contribution to the delivery of NIHR research studies, with a particular focus on clinical leadership, as well as the engagement with patients to share new opportunities for participating in clinical research.

Richard Balasubramaniam, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital Dorset NHS Foundation Trust said:

"I am thrilled to have been recognised by the NIHR and RCP for my work in supporting and leading cardiology research across Wessex. In recent years my key focus has been on increasing the number of patients recruited to cardiology research studies across the region. I am proud to see that this work has paid off in that our Trust and the Wessex region is making a significant contribution to the research picture nationally.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who have been working tirelessly over the pandemic to continue their cardiology research portfolio alongside supporting COVID-19 research, including the vaccine trials at the Dorset Research Hub.”

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam, Royal College of Physicians Academic Vice President, said:

“It’s been a real privilege to witness the high level of research set by my colleagues and RCP is proud to be supporting them. Truly it’s a testament of how to embed research within clinical practice. Many congratulations.”

Clare Rook, Chief Operating Officer for NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex, said:

“It is fantastic to have such dedicated and ambitious clinicians in our region. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Dr Richard Balasubramaniam, thank you for all the work you do to drive cardiology research in Wessex.”