Date: 10 November 2017
The winners of the 2017 Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards were revealed during an evening of celebration on Thursday 9 November.
Staff from across the region’s Trusts and GP practices gathered in Manchester city centre for the fifth-annual ceremony to toast excellence in health research delivery.
Individuals and teams were rewarded for their efforts across 10 categories, while special awards were also presented to an extra four outstanding recipients.
Founded in 2013 by the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Greater Manchester, the awards are now firmly embedded in the local research calendar.
This landmark year provided a record number of nominations – an incredible total of 160, which showed how the event continues to go from strength-to-strength.
Debbie Vinsun, Chief Operating Officer for CRN Greater Manchester, said: “Our research awards provide a fantastic way to recognise and reward some of the people and teams who make clinical research delivery so successful across Greater Manchester.
“Our winners – indeed our entire shortlist – have shone over the past year; going the extra mile by bringing innovation and addressing national challenges.
“Their achievements demonstrate how there is clinical research work taking place in Greater Manchester which is in the vanguard and which will influence other regions across the country. It’s been our pleasure to recognise them all at our landmark fifth event.”
The winning teams and individuals:
Best Debut: Physiotherapy team supporting the GRASP study – East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Best Community Research Contribution: Community Lung Health Study – University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Research Nurse/Midwife of the Year: Richard Clark - Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Public Engagement: Public Programmes Team – based at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Outstanding Contribution: Ananya Choudhury - The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Research Administrator/Co-ordinator of the Year: Gemma Donohoe - Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Studies/Research Practitioner of the Year: Katie McLoughlin - Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Investigator of the Year: Cuong Dang – Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Lifetime Achievement: John Radford – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Research Team of the Year: Stoppit-2 Research Team – Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Special Award for Outstanding Network Contribution: Pippa Tyrrell - Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Special Award for Outstanding Industry Collaboration: The Sexual Health Team - Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Special Award for Outstanding CRN Advocate: Christine Birchall – Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Special Award for Outstanding Ambassador: Clare Dickinson –The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
* please note, on 1st October 2017 Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) merged to form Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).