RBH staff’s work recog­nised at regional awards

The Wokingham Paper - - HEALTH -

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.”

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