RBH staff’s work recognised at regional awards
STAFF from a local hospital have proved they are the cream of the crop at a regional awards ceremony held last week.
The Thames Valley Health Research Awards, which took place at the University of Oxford on Tuesday September, 26, recognised the outstanding contribution of care practitioners in improving the health research opportunities to patients across the region.
Staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust scooped four awards during the ceremony.
Melanie Gager, a sister in the intensive care unit, won the Patient’s NHS Hero award after being nominated by a number of volunteers for her role in Quality Time, a project which gathered the experiences of the emergency department from a patient, carer and staff perspective.
The Leadership in Workforce Development award went to Julie Foxton, a research sister who manages a team that co-ordinates and delivers a wide range of clinical trials across the Trust. Her nurturing, training and development of her team members has helped to create a new generation of high quality research support staff, who are flexible and responsive and have an excellent track record for setting up and delivering commercial portfolio studies.
The Best Green Shoots Research award was given to Sam Clark and Richard Siviter, trainee anaesthetists at the RBFT and founder members of Thames
Valley anaesthetic trainee research network OxCCARE. The pair were recognised for their contributions to clinical research.
Finally, Douglas Findlay (above) received the Patient Leadership award, which recognises those patients who play a vital role in ensuring research meet the needs of their local population. Douglas was one of the Trust’s first cohort of patient leaders, initially involved in the Quality Time research programme, helping the team with observational work in the emergency department.
Trust Chief Executive, Steve McManus said: “I am incredibly proud of Melanie, Julie, Richard,
Sam and Douglas. These well-deserved accolades recognise their fantastic contribution to research working at its best for the benefit of our patients, and demonstrate the work our staff do to nurture and grow the strong research culture at the Trust.
“We have an extremely good reputation for research at the Royal Berks, and continue to build on the strong foundations we have formed with our partners in research and development.”