NORTH WEST COAST RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AWARDS
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CULTURE FOR INNOVATION AWARD
Organisation: Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool in partnership with The Inclusionaries Lab
Project: Design meets palliative care: Improving opportunities to conduct palliative care research with non-traditional stakeholders such as designers, architects, and engineers
We are redesigning the future of palliative care, through collaborative work with resident designers from The Inclusionaries Lab in Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool. We have designed and implemented a novel, multidisciplinary, clinically-based research hub in the hospice, and we have used designmethods to improve palliative care engagement with our local community.
INNOVATION IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Organisation: Health Education England North West, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, University of Central Lancashire
Project: An innovative new career route for psychology graduates in the North West region, to address workforce supply challenges in the NHS
Introducing a new NHS entry route for psychology graduates: Associate Psychological Practitioners (APPs). This provides a flexible and innovative workforce solution to increase supply and meet the aims of NHS Long-Term Plan, to improve access to psychological interventions. Evaluation identifies a cost-effective approach, which improves outcomes for patients and services.
PATIENT SAFETY AND CARE IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Organisation: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Innovation Agency
Project: Accelerating access to specialist care for asthma patients, through innovative pathway transformation
Severe asthma pathway redesign, including in-reach to primary and secondary care, released resource to reduce waiting times and improved access to biologics. We produced educational resources to educate primary care staff about severe asthma, biologic therapy and how to make good quality referrals to a Severe Asthma Centre.
RESEARCH STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Individual: Piotr Teodorowski
University: University of Liverpool
Piotr has a real passion for public involvement, excelling in all areas: academically, producing impact and developing himself as an all-round academic (gaining a teaching qualification alongside his studies). Piotr has taken an active teaching role at the University and has delivered sessions at the School of Medicine while also achieving an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He designed and led a new module on qualitative research methods for a Visiting Fellowship Programme and has also been offering one-to-one sessions in the library around critical writing for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
RUTH YOUNG AWARD FOR RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION
Organisation: Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Project: Haemostatic dressing following radial artery access leads to more rapid discharge from care and lower adverse events
A randomised controlled trial to compare conventional and haemostatic dressings to achieve rapid and effective haemostasis following radial artery access (ARCH) demonstrated the efficacy of homeostatic dressings compared to standard care (conventional absorbent) following radial artery access. They are now used as standard care at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following angiogram or angioplasty. The effects included more rapid discharge from care, and lower adverse events.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AWARD
Organisation: Lancaster University
Project: Co-designing a library of lived experience for mental health
We coproduced a guide for A Library of Lived Experience (LLE) for mental health in the North West by integrating realist synthesis and Experience-Based Co-Design workshops. LLEs offer a way of promoting and sharing lived expertise. People with lived experience facilitated and attended workshops. PPI was embedded throughout the project. An Expert Advisory group comprising of people with personal and professional mental health experiences was involved throughout.
RESEARCH DELIVERY TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Organisation: Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Project: Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust R&D Team
This excellent, collaborative and hard-working team have made consistent contributions to research over the years but a change in executive leadership coupled with innovative thinking has changed the course of the R&D team for the better, enabling the journey them to reach their potential.
RESEARCH COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Organisation: Marine Lake Medical Practice and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Marine Lake Medical Practice and Wirral University Teaching Hospital have worked collaboratively on the Harmonie study (NIHR CRN NWC priority study). This is the first time that primary and secondary care have worked together in order to deliver rapid, effective and successful recruitment to a study. This collaborative working enabled us to see the potential that cross-sector working allows, in keeping with a national aim to work in a more integrated way.
PRIMARY CARE AND/OR COMMUNITY RESEARCH TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Organisation: Lancaster Medical Practice
Project: Delivering quality research at the very heart of the city
Lancaster Medical Practice Research Department is a small unit within a large practice situated within the high-ranking Lancaster University campus. Ideally placed, we deliver a wide range of primary care studies across a very diverse population, particularly reaching out to those who are new to the world of research.
UNSUNG HERO – NHS 75TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Individual: Sue Smith
Project: One Wirral CIC
Sue started her career as a nurse in A&E, she then moved into general practice and felt she had truly found her vocation. Sue fulfilled her own nursing ambitions and has since worked tirelessly to help other nurses achieve theirs. Working in the background she has mentored, supported, trained and championed nurses to develop their skills, confidence and capability so that they could improve the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.
TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES AWARD
Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University; University of Liverpool; Edge Hill University
Project: Ask Listen Act: A child-centred rights-based approach to recovery and renewal for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities linked to the COVID-19 pandemic
‘Ask Listen Act’ was an NIHR-funded study looking at the impact of the pandemic on children with special educational needs and disabilities’ (SEND) education, health, and social care, and identified policy priorities to better support them. It was a multi-disciplinary (psychology, law, nursing), crossinstitutional study (LJMU, EHU, UoL).
2023 SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Organisation: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Broadgreen University Hospital
Project: Reducing the use of Entonox and Penthrox during Circular External Fixator (frame) removals and other minor procedures at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Replacing the use of Entonox and Penthrox during frame removal and other minor procedures at Broadgreen Hospital with a nerve block, led by Dr Shiv Kumar Singh. This improved patient experience and streamlined care pathways, whilst reducing the burden on theatre capacity and reducing the use of environmentally harmful anaesthetic gases.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS