North West Coast
Research and Innovation

Awards 2020

★Winners★

North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2020

 

The NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2020 attracted entries of an extremely high standard. There were 13 categories, four for each of the sponsoring organisations - the Innovation Agency, NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast (CRN NWC), and Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC) – and the award for outstanding contribution to patient and public involvement (PPI).

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 Park Royal Hotel Warrington.

 

The Ruth Young Award for Research Implementation

 

WINNER:

The Place-based Longitudinal Data Resource (PLDR)
University of Liverpool

 

The Place-based Longitudinal Data Resource (PLDR) is a new online resource which brings together datasets that track changes in the determinants of health and health outcomes in places over time.

 

FINALISTS:

Finding the forgotten: motivating military veterans to register with a primary healthcare practice
University of Chester Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans

The Life Link Clinic
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust - The Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network

Award for Reducing Health Inequalities

 

WINNER:

The Asthma Mapping Project
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

 

The Asthma Mapping project aims to minimise health inequalities of respiratory illness in children across Liverpool. The project works with multiple agencies, analysing a variety of data to develop a monthly 'heatmap’ that depicts locations with high paediatric asthma morbidity and related contributing factors.

 

FINALISTS:

 

Reducing air quality related inequalities through citizen science
Better Old Swan (BOS)

Suzanne Simpson: Tackling health inequalities for people with motor neurone disease
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Research Student of the Year

 

WINNER:

Mandeep S. Bajwa
University of Liverpool and Liverpool Head and Neck Centre

 

Mandeep S. Bajwa is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and PhD student at the University of Liverpool. His fellowship is centred on the design, set-up and delivery of the DEFeND (Determining the Effectiveness of Fibrin Sealants in Reducing Complications in patients Undergoing Lateral Neck Dissection) trial.

 

FINALISTS:

Helen Hartley
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Edge Hill University

Gerri Sefton
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and University of Liverpool

Award for Research Capacity Building 

 

WINNER:

Clinical academia: the dream team collaboration
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

 

The Clinical Academic Faculty (CAF), a partnership between Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and UCLan, supports the development of local clinical academic research and innovation. It offers a one-stop shop for clinical academic research advice and signposting, and provides clinical academic training in the form of a research engagement programme and clinical academic training and internship programmes.

 

FINALISTS:

Increasing capacity for research delivery and implementing sustainable infrastructure
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Stockbridge in Stories
ForHousing

Transformation Award

 

WINNER:

Hope therapy service
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

 

The Hope therapy service, part of Liaison Psychiatry Service Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, provides rapid access to brief psychodynamic interpersonal therapy and cognitive analytic therapy for patients presenting to emergency departments with self-harm. It is the only dedicated service providing psychological intervention for self-harm in the North West of England.

 

FINALISTS:

 

Spring House psychotherapy and personality disorder hub service
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

A collaborative approach to bringing experimental medicine research to Lancashire and South Cumbria
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Partnership in Innovation Award

 

WINNER:

My place: a natural way to wellbeing
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Wildlife Trust

 

‘Myplace, a natural way to wellbeing’ is an innovative partnership between Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Together they have supported 1200 people to improve their mental health through access to nature.

 

FINALISTS:

Autism hubs
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The SRAVI (speech recognition app for the voice impaired)
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Safety Innovation Award

 

WINNER:

 

Early detection of deterioration in children in hospital to prevent critical care transfer – the DETECT study
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and University of Liverpool

 

The DETECT study is the first large study of its kind in hospitalised children in the UK to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of an electronic paediatric early warning score (PEWS), NICE sepsis screening and bundled management of suspected sepsis, aimed at reducing critical deterioration.

 

FINALISTS:

 

Reduced UK benchmark deaths post-stem cell transplantation
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

MINIMISE Moisture: a patient safety campaign to improve patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of moisture-associated skin damage
Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust

Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement

 

WINNER:

Patient and public-led involvement in health and care innovation
PIES: Patient Involvement and Engagement Senate

 

The Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Senate (PIES) is a participant-led, participant-chaired group. PIES has been an integral part of several innovation, system improvement and commercial development projects over the last 12 months. The group is actively involved in a variety of projects, providing face-to-face feedback, product testing and co-creation of solutions.

 

FINALISTS:

North West Coast Research Community
North West Coast Clinical Research Network

Community voices in an intervention to reduce inequalities in dental visiting
University of Liverpool

Culture for Innovation Award

 

WINNER:

Our cultural journey
FCMS/PDS Medical - Fleetwood Urgent Treatment Centre

 

A team from Fleetwood Urgent Treatment Centre attended the Innovation Agency Coaching Academy programme Coaching to Create a Culture for Patient Safety and Improvement. The coaching was invaluable. New theories and models of culture were learned, facilitating the implementation of new ideas. These simple ideas were instrumental in changing culture.

 

FINALISTS:

EPIC
Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS

Well Halton
NHS Halton CCG

Research Rising Star of the Year

 

WINNER:

Dr Nichola Manu
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

Nichola Manu has transformed recruitment to an interventional surgical study, leading to the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust becoming the highest recruiter nationally to the study - and the region as a whole becoming the second highest recruiter in this sub-speciality.

 

FINALISTS:

Dr Rachel Brooker
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Ryan Robinson
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Excellence in Commercial Life Science Research

 

WINNER:

Commercial gastroenterology research
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

 

The dedicated gastroenterology research team at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to providing the best possible care to patients, and recognises the value of offering patients pioneering trial treatments as an option to conventional treatment. The team has embedded research as normal practice, which in turn has increased the amount of research taking place in the department.

 

FINALISTS:

Researching effective treatments for premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Developing a commercial research relationship in a district general hospital
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Researcher of the Year

 

WINNER:

Professor Carolyn Young
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

 

Professor Carolyn Young has developed and is delivering the TONiC Study (Trajectories of Outcomes in Neurological Conditions) at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.  This study has been running since 2012 and is now into Phase 6.  TONiC is a questionnaire-based study which gives patients the opportunity to tell clinicians what it is like for them to have their specific condition: it is very popular amongst patients because it gives them a voice. As of December 2019, 30,824 patients have been recruited into TONiC.  This has generated an understanding of the wants and needs of patients living with different conditions which has informed other studies.

 

FINALISTS:

Dr Anna Olsson-Brown
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Joe Sacco
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

 

Research Team of the Year

 

WINNER:

Collaborative working: cardiovascular research team
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North West Coast Research Nurses

 

The cardiovascular team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has ensured effective recruitment of 674 patients into clinic trials, a five-year high for the trust. It demonstrates an excellent collaboration between the trust and the Clinical Research network.

 

FINALISTS:

The DETECT research team
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust and University of Liverpool

Improving access to research for patients in small rural GP practices and encouraging GP involvement in research in primary care
Central Lakes and Grange Research Team