North West Coast
Research and Innovation

Awards 2020


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.


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Culture for Innovation



University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

The Bay Way – a fundamental shift in the way we work and lead


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

District Nursing




Patient Safety Innovation



BBI (Europe) Limited

Prevention Made Real – using the SEM Scanner to achieve zero or near-zero pressure ulcers


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.


Transformation Award



Merseyside Local Professional Network for Pharmacy

Large-scale implementation of Transfers of Care Around Medicine (TCAM)


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

Teletriage Service


Partnership in Innovation



NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

Well Halton


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.


FINALISTS: Ltd Connecting Patients with Care Providers


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Care Cube



Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year



Professor Simon Harding

St Paul's Clinical Eye Research Centre, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust


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

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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



Respiratory Research Team

Accelerator Research Clinic: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


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.




Research Team

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



St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Clyz Labs Limited

An observational clinical trial to develop and validate the Cancertain® Test


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



Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

The Life Rooms


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.





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



Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

The WOMAN Trial


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



Lancaster University and CLAHRC NWC

Art and Storytelling in Health Inequalities Research


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

University of Central Lancashire


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.




Helena Tendedez

Lancaster University


Dr Victoria Connor