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Winning nominees announced at CRN West of England Research Awards 2023!

The research community from the West of England gathered to celebrate the incredible achievements of their colleagues at the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West of England’s (WE) first in-person award ceremony. 

The event, which was held on Thursday 14 September 2023 at the Guildhall in Bath, recognised the work of CRN-supported staff during the last year (from April 1 2022) across 10 categories.

The atmosphere was electric as guests enjoyed the opportunity to meet colleagues, some for the first time face-to-face, and congratulate each other on the impact that their work has had on research delivery in the region.

The ceremony opened with an address from Dr Kyla Thomas and Ifan Jones, Clinical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the CRN WE, who expressed their gratitude for the hardwork and dedication of all those who make research delivery happen. 

Ifan said: “We’re proud to be part of a community of over 1,000 people who work in research delivery across the West of England. Every single one of them has an important role to play in making research an integral part of health and care … which ultimately of course, is about saving and improving lives. A really important commitment that deserves recognition and celebration.”

Dr Stephen McGlynn, Deputy Chief Operating Officer said: “A huge congratulations to all of our winners and nominees! It’s been an absolute privilege to host our first face-to-face awards event in celebration of our incredible research delivery community, and there was such an inspiring and joyful atmosphere in the room.”

The winning nominees are:

People-centred research

Vaccine and Testing Team, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston

Lead network study of the year

CHIEF-PD and Dr Emily Henderson

Partnership with industry

Women’s and Children’s Divisional Research Unit, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston

Rising Star (teams and sites)

Phoenix Health Group, Cirencester

Rising Star (individual)

Laura McCafferty, Great Western Hospitals

Continuous improvement

Donna Noonan, Great Western Hospitals

Supporting and developing colleagues

Rebecca Cousins, North Bristol Trust

CRN Local Specialty Research Lead (LSRL) of the year

Amanda Hall, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, LSRL Ear, Nose and Throat

Embedding research in health and care

Trainee Emergency Research Network

Collaboration in research

This award has been kindly sponsored by EDGE.

Concord Medical Centre Research Team, Bristol

Gloucestershire ReCREATE Study Team, Gloucestershire Hospitals and Gloucestershire Health and Care

HARMONIE Study West of England Regional Team

Distinguished Contribution to Health and Care Research

Deborah Lee, Gloucestershire Hospitals

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