UHNM Research Team Wins Coveted National Award

The UHNM Acute Research Team receives its Nursing Times Award for ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ at a prestigious event in London.
The UHNM Acute Research Team receives its Nursing Times Award for ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ at a prestigious event in London.

The Research and Development Department at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has added yet another national award to its ever growing collection.

The latest award to be won by the department was received by the Acute Research Team at the prestigious 2016 Nursing Times Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 26th October, at Grosvenor House in London.

With 22 targeted categories, the awards cover every aspect of the nursing professions, from ‘Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Patient Safety Improvement’ and ‘The HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care’.

After having set up the UK’s first ever 24/7 research service in March 2015, the team entered this year’s awards under the ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ Category. Its entry, “optimising opportunities and equalising access to acute research”, was shortlisted, beating other entries from around the country in what was a record-breaking year for entries to the Nursing Times Awards.

Following this success the team then travelled to London in September to present the entry to a judging panel. The Team demonstrated to judges how the UHNM-based service helped to maximise opportunities for patients in research by running 24/7.

Since starting the service in 2015, the team has been recruiting patients into research studies around the clock, seven days a week. Many of these patients would not have had the chance to take part in potentially life-saving trials, had they arrived out of hours.

The Nursing Times Awards are the most admired and relevant award in the nursing and healthcare sector. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Holly Maguire, Research Sister for the Acute Research Team at UHNM, was in attendance to receive the award with her team members, who won against nine other shortlisted entrants in the category.

She said:

“We are absolutely delighted with our win. I am so proud of my team and what we have been able to offer stroke patients locally. To gain national recognition for our work is fabulous and hopefully this will be the beginning of us being able to share our model wider afield, meaning all stroke patients may have the choice and opportunity to access acute research 24/7.”

Judges of this year’s awards said:

“This team has demonstrated high levels of innovations as they identified patient needs. The service they have developed is responsive and illustrates fantastic clinical research care, empowering patients.”