The Trust has won a Highly Commended Award for ‘Best Contribution to Non Commercial Research’ and a Highly Commended award for ‘Involving Patients in Research’, in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network awards.
The Highly Commended Award for Best Contribution to Non Commercial Research was won by Jude Tidbury, Nurse Specialist/Endoscopist, for participating in research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
The Highly Commended award for Involving Patients in Research went to the Trust’s Clinical Research Team for most patient participation in a survey about the patients research experience. With the awards were two cheques for £250 each to be used to support research capacity within the Trust.
Liz Still, Head of Research at ESHT said: “Picking up these awards is recognition for the hard work of many colleagues at the Trust who participate in research studies. The number of research studies we participate in is increasing, demonstrating our determination to improving the quality of care we offer and to making our contribution to wider health improvement. We are fully committed to create an environment to enable all health professionals to conduct research in East Sussex as both leaders and collaborators, and to provide patients with increased opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research.”
The Trust is currently conducting over sixty clinical research studies and research activities. The Trust currently supports research activity within several clinical fields including: cardiovascular, orthopaedics, diabetes and endocrinology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, anaesthetics and critical care, surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, children, podiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, sexual health, urology and women’s health and many cancer trials.
The Trust’s Clinical Research Team are responsible for ensuring all appropriate research confirmation checks have been conducted to maintain research quality and provide safeguards to the public. NHS confirmation is granted prior to commencement of any research undertaken at the Trust.