North West Coast
Research and Innovation

Awards 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

how to enter

 

The awards are aimed at a variety of stakeholders including NHS partner organisations, industry partners, academic partners, and business partners who have or are working with the Innovation Agency  (AHSN for NWC), 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).

 

Judging is now in progress, we will be back in touch early 2019

 
 
 

EXCELLENCE IN DELIVERY OF COMMERCIAL LIFE SCIENCE AWARD

Supporting the life science industry remains a key priority for the National Institute for Health Research. We welcome submissions from NHS and life science partners.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following: 

  • ★  An effective collaboration between the NHS and the UK's life science industry which can demonstrate effective knowledge share and positive contribution to the delivery of clinical research on the North West Coast
  • ★  How new ways of working have delivered outstanding clinical trial recruitment performance 
  • ★  How new treatment options or care pathways will become available to the NHS as a result of this research collaboration or study
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CLINICAL RESEARCH RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

This award is aimed at an individual who is new to clinical research on the North West Coast and has made a significant impact in their role in a short time.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following: 

  • ★  How new ways of thinking have improved an existing research programme
  • ★  An unparalleled commitment to research delivery and how this has been translated directly into patient care, closing the gap between best practice and current practice
  • ★  How research knowledge has been shared with colleagues within and beyond your own organisation
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PATIENT SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

We are looking for the development and implementation of an innovation that has seen an improvement in the safety of patients.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • ★  How the innovation was developed and how it tackled an identified problem/system issue
  • ★  Your approach/strategy to implementation of the innovation
  • ★  The potential long-term impact of the innovation now it has been implemented – touching specifically on the safety improvement and the benefit to patients
  • ★  The evidence of adoption of the innovation including the strategy for wider spread and adoption
  • ★  Examples of patient involvement in the development of the innovation and feedback in relation to its use
  • ★  Any collaboration between stakeholders during the development and adoption of the innovation
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PARTNERSHIP IN INNOVATION AWARD

We are looking for a partnership between an NHS and a non-public sector organisation that has led to the implementation and adoption of a successful innovation.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • ★  How the collaborative partnership was formed
  • ★  How the innovation was developed and how it tackled an identified problem/system issue
  • ★  Any collaboration between stakeholders during the development and adoption of the innovation
  • ★  The potential long-term impact that has come about as a result of the partnership working
  • ★  How the partnership had resulted in the adoption of the innovation and the strategy for wider spread and adoption​
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TRANSFORMATION AWARD

We are looking for an individual, team or local system whose work has enabled improvements or efficiencies in services, departments, pathways and patient experience.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • ★  How you identified the problem/system issue – describe the challenge
  • ★  Your approach/strategy to implementation of the innovation
  • ★  How the system had to adapt to ensure a successful outcome
  • ★  The impact of the transformation – include evidence/testimonials from staff and/or patients
  • ★  Lessons learned and critical success factors
  • ★  How you have contributed to wider system learning

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CULTURE FOR INNOVATION AWARD

We are looking for a team or department within an organisation that has developed a sustainable approach to innovation by developing a positive workplace culture.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • ★  How your team or organisation’s values drive a culture of innovation
  • ★  How people in your team or organisation are supported to take forward a good idea for an innovative way of working or doing things
  • ★  How organisational strategy supports people to innovate and be innovative
  • ★  Where you have created innovation champions and what the successes are
  • ★  Evidence of providing staff with the tools and clear space that they need to think differently
  • ★  The development of open forums of communication that create a framework in which every employee can be heard
  • ★  How you reward and incentivise innovation
  • ★  Examples of an innovation that has been developed within the organisation due to the changes in culture
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RESEARCH STUDENT OF THE YEAR

This award is aimed at an individual who has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their research.

Things to consider if nominating a student:

  • ★  How does this student stand out from their peers?
  • ★  How have they gone above and beyond what is expected, and set themselves apart from the crowd while performing their research?
  • ★  What evidence can you show that this student is truly excellent?
  • ★  What has been their personal achievement, rather than just conducting their research? This could include success at a national / international level, for example in presenting at conferences and raising awareness of their research and its value to a wider audience.
  • ★  Contribution to their local university or wider community
  • ★  Inspirational nature of their academic commitment
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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT (PPI) IN RESEARCH

This award is aimed at an individual or group who can demonstrate excellence in participation of either individual patients, service users or carers within a piece of research. The award is looking for innovation in putting patients and service users at the heart of research to ensure research enhances health and care for patients / service users and/or experience of health / local provider services in general. You will need to demonstrate the practicalities of how PPI has been embedded in different stages of a research project.

Things to consider:

  • ★  What steps were put in place to ensure patient/public involvement in research from its outset?
  • ★  How were public representatives engaged and recruited?
  • ★  How are public members kept abreast with technical knowledge and understanding of complex research requirements?
  • ★  What value have the public members brought to the research team generally and how have they helped enhance the research?
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TAKING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

We are looking for examples of research initiatives or research collaborations that have delivered evidence which have been transferred/delivered into practice and can demonstrate outputs that have enhanced or improved front line delivery to service users, in any area.

  • ★  You should be able to demonstrate how the research was developed and how it tackled an identified problem or subject
  • ★  Tell us about any collaboration between stakeholders during the research and how this was managed
  • ★  Tell us about your approach/strategy to implementing the research findings in the provider organisation(s)
  • ★  What is the potential long-term impact/legacy of the research now it has been implemented
  • ★  How has the innovation been shared amongst other providers in the same sector so wider learning can take place?
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RESEARCH FOR WELLBEING

The award will be open to practising researchers and aims to recognise improvements in understanding and assessing well-being of people across the North West Coast.

It is envisaged that candidates have performed or are conducting validated research that either raises awareness of a key issue of concern, or contributes towards a reduction in health inequalities in communities or a particular population segment.

Things to consider:

  • ★  Context for the research and its relevance to current health policy in acute or secondary care
  • ★  The perceived / actual findings of the research and its potential impact on reducing health inequalities
  • ★  Enhanced population well-being and resilience against illness, promote recovery, and reduced stigma
  • ★  Parity of esteem addressing both physical health and mental health
  • ★  Individual, community or population-based interventions that are based on a sound evidence base.
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CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

This prestigious award is open to any healthcare professional who is engaged in the delivery of research on the North West Coast.

Your submission may span over a number of years and should be able to demonstrate some of the following: 

  • ★  The translation of a research study into a new treatment or care pathway that has positively impacted upon patient care in the NHS or how the research has delivered a clear solution, with tangible results, to an ongoing and unmet patient need. 
  • ★  A commitment to the professional development of their research team and/ or encouragement of others to take an active interest in research.
  • ★  How best practice and research knowledge has been shared with colleagues from across the region.
  • ★  How research has been made more accessible to patients and the public helping to realise the NIHR vision for making research a standard treatment choice in the NHS
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CLINICAL RESEARCH SITE OR TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award is aimed at a team or site which has made a positive impact on the delivery of clinical research across the North West Coast.

Your submission should be able to demonstrate some of the following: 

  • ★  Development of unique methods for recruiting participants to studies with clear results
  • ★  Adoption of  innovative ways to undertake  a research study to meet participant needs
  • ★  How the team has made steps to help all clinical areas in their organisation become 'research active' or 'research aware'
  • ★  How you have embraced collaborative working with stakeholders to deliver a wider impact upon patient care across the region
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SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

 

★ SELECT YOUR CATEGORY

★ ENTER THE NAME OF THE ORGANISATION(S) OF YOUR ENTRY

★ ENTER A TITLE FOR THE PROJECT OR NAME OF THE ENTRANT

★ SUMMARISE YOUR ENTRY IN 100 WORDS OR fewer

★ THEN EXPLAIN YOUR PROJECT IN FULL IN 500 WORDS OR fewer

★ ADD LINKS TO ANY SUPPORTING MATERIALS OR INFORMATION