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Innovation in research recognised in Lancashire

Healthwatch Lancashire received their finalist award for the Research Innovation category with Dorothy Jopson, Clinical Leader, from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay. 

Awards 56[2]The award was in recognition of the project ‘Patient Journeys at Royal Lancaster Infirmary’, which resulted in a significant number of changes being made throughout the hospital after Healthwatch Lancashire were invited, by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, to follow a group of patients and listen to their experiences during a full week on Ward 39.

The event was a successful evening for Lancashire organisations being recognised for their outstanding achievements in clinical research and healthcare innovation. 

Also in Lancashire, carer May Griffiths won the Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement award for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s A Carer’s Journey of Involvement in Research in Blackpool, the North West and Nationally project.

Nadeem Gire, a first year PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire, was awarded Research Student of the Year. Nadeem was nominated for his development of a mobile app designed to support mental health patients.

Katrina Rigby from the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was awarded the Clinical Research Individual of the Year. As a senior research midwife, Katrina was described as showing passion and commitment to clinical research on a daily basis.

Layton Medical Centre, in Blackpool, took home the Life Sciences Achievement Award for their project ‘Advancing tomorrow’s care by leading today’s research’.

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards was a collaborative event organised jointly by the NWC AHSN; CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC); and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

To read the ‘Patient Journeys at Royal Lancaster Infirmary’ report, which includes the response from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, please click here.