2019 winners AND FINALISTS
The NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2019 attracted more than 140 entries of an extremely high standard. There were 12 categories, four for each of the sponsoring organisations - the Innovation Agency, NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast (CRN NWC), and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).
Listed below are all the winners and finalists; congratulations to you all, the shortlisted entries represented some of the very best work being carried out in research and innovation across the region.
The awards were presented at a celebratory event at the Hilton Liverpool, compered by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips.
Culture for Innovation
The Bay Way is a social movement. It is a fundamental shift in the way the trust works and leads. The aim is to create a lasting culture that engages with and empowers all staff, improving the services offered to patients and the experience staff get from working in the trust’s hospitals.
Johnnie Johnson Housing
Using our values and behaviours to align and empower our people
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Patient Safety Innovation
Pressure ulcers are one of the highest reported patient harms. The SEM Scanner is now being implemented through a Pressure Ulcer Reduction Programme as an adjunct to standard of care and is helping achieve significant reductions in pressure ulcer incidence in a variety of care settings.
Pendle View Medical Centre
Self Monitoring of Warfarin
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NEWS2 - A clinically led change to support the implementation of best practice.
TCAM is a cost-effective transformation programme across Cheshire and Merseyside to optimise the use of medicines following patient discharge from hospital. TCAM has demonstrated significant increases in medicines adherence, leading to improved health outcomes for patients and fewer admissions or re-admissions to hospital.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust - Joint Health
Getting it right, a musculoskeletal service redesign - our journey
Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust
Partnership in Innovation
Well Halton is led by NHS Halton CCG and has adopted an approach of wide and inclusive partnership across multiple sectors. The range of partners includes Widnes Vikings Rugby Team, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Runcorn Shopping Centre, Runcorn Veterans Association and many others.
CareHub.info Connecting Patients with Care Providers
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year
The North West Coast tops the league table for recruitment into ophthalmology research. Professor Simon Harding has taken a leading role in this achievement, working with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, The University of Liverpool and many NIHR partner trusts. Seventy six per cent of hospitals in England now offer patients the opportunity to take part in eye disease studies and 15,500 patients per year are offered innovative treatments for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.
Dr Christian DeGoede, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Christian DeGoede - Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Clinical Research Practitioner for 'Many a Year'
Dr Dhiraj Gupta, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Slave to the Rhythm: improving outcomes for patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Clinical Research Rising Star of the Year
Dr Andy Nixon is an exemplar research fellow, future chief investigator and NIHR collaborator. His work will develop a systematic approach to identify the medical, psychological, social and functional needs of older adults, allow the formulation of targeted management plans and will help to promote independence for older people.
Dr Amara Nwosu, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust; Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool; The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool.
Improving palliative care research opportunities for patients in the North West
Eleanor Sowerby, Queen Square Medical Practice
Tangible Impact on Research
Clinical Research Site or Team of the Year
The recently opened Accelerator Research Clinic is the future for respiratory research at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The team uses a multitude of innovative approaches to research design, recruitment and delivery, and all studies recruit to time and target.
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
University of Liverpool Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine and the North West Coast Research Taskforce
Collaborative working to facilitate participant recruitment
Excellence in The Delivery of Commercial Life Science Research
The Cancertain® Test will personalise the cancer treatment for lung cancer patients and started in 2018 at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. More than 100 people with a new diagnosis of lung cancer will take part in this trial.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Improving lives for patients living with lung disease
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Liverpool Clinical Research Facility) and Professor William Hope (Chief Investigator) University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Allecra Therapeutics
NIHR CRF Supporting Clinical Evaluation in Novel Therapeutics
Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement (ppi) in Research
The Life Rooms demonstrate an outstanding contribution to PPI in research. Three public advisors have worked alongside Life Rooms staff on the most recent evaluation of the service. Working collaboratively with public advisors has been an invaluable part of implementing a meaningful evaluation.
NIHR CLAHRC NWC
Jointly addressing challenges of embedding PPI in a multi-partner collaboration: Public collaboration to improve the impact of PPI
Sandra Smith, CLAHRC NWC
Sandra Smith helping shape MND research from a carer perspective
Taking Research into Practice
The WOMAN trial was a large, international, double blind placebo trial examining the use of tranexamic acid to reduce maternal deaths and improve outcomes linked to excessive postnatal bleeding. Liverpool Women’s Hospital was a collaborator site.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Urolift - Implementation and moving from operating theatre to outpatient department
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Knowsley Change Grow Live
Reaching the 'unreachable'
Research for Wellbeing
Three Neighbourhoods for Learning (NfL) involved in the CLAHRC NWC Neighbourhood Resilience Programme are pioneering the use of arts-based storytelling to conduct their local resident-led research. Two NfLs have focussed on understanding social isolation and building greater social connectedness. The third area has explored ways of improving employment prospects for local people.
Sefton Council for Voluntary Service
Community Connectors project
University of Liverpool, CLAHRC NWC
Wigan Later Life and Memory Service: Improving Young Onset Dementia Services
Research Student of the Year
Naoimh McMahon is an exceptional PhD student whose research has focused on working 'upstream' with NHS and local authority organisations to understand how interventions to reduce health inequalities in the North West Coast work, and has involved staff, service users and members of the public.
Dr Victoria Connor
LSTM and RLBUHT