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Primary care team awarded CRN Greater Manchester Certificate of Achievement

A Primary Care team which has excelled in the delivery of research has been awarded the latest CRN Greater Manchester Certificate of Achievement. 

The certificate is a recognition scheme run by CRN Greater Manchester and is presented to deserving teams or individuals who have made a valuable contribution to the delivery of health and care research in the region. 

Ashton Medical Group, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, was nominated for its contribution over a number of years. The team is extremely research-active and provides its patients with opportunities to be part of a variety of studies. 

Dr Omair Razzaq, a research-active GP with Ashton Medical Group, was also recently appointed as one of CRN Greater Manchester’s Specialty Leads for Primary Care, a role which involves promoting research delivery in general practice across the region.  

The presentation of the certificate was made on 9 November 2023 by Liam Taylor, CRN Greater Manchester Research Delivery Manager for Primary Care, and Louise Woodhead, CRN Greater Manchester Team Lead Research Nurse. 

It was received by Practice Manager James Rowlands, Dr Omair Razzaq, and Research Nurse Elisabeta Kothai.

Practice Manager James Rowlands said: “As a practice we are proud and honoured to be presented with a certificate of achievement by NIHR and CRN GM. We are thankful to our hardworking team and to our patients for making this possible and helping develop research in our local area. 

“We believe that clinical research is a crucial element in continuously developing and improving healthcare and would implore other GP practices to get involved to offer opportunities to patients that could improve their health and wellbeing. We also thank NIHR and CRN GM for their continued support and guidance and look forward to continuing working together in the future.”