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NHS health researchers from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex celebrated at awards event

Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place within our local NHS at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards.
Winners came from NHS Trusts and Primary Care, showing excellent collaboration between Trusts in the region and showcasing innovation being generated locally, within studies and involving patients in the research pathway. The awards were presented by Sine Littlewood, Head of Business Development & Marketing (non-commercial) at the NIHR CRN; Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director, NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
In 2017/18, more people than ever across Kent, Surrey and Sussex became involved with health research. Over 36,000 patients and healthy volunteers were given access to new and better treatments by being recruited into clinical research studies within our local NHS organisations.
Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director at the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said: “I am delighted to see the hard work and dedication of our NHS researchers recognised by NHS leaders and colleagues.  They give our patients, carers and members of the public opportunities to take part in life-changing studies which makes a real difference to patients and the care they receive.”
Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said: “It gives me great pleasure to recognise the achievements of our partners across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who give such great care and provide opportunities for patients and the public to participate in ground breaking and scientifically significant research. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, whether winning an award or not, for their contribution to our research endeavour.”
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership Board, said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees. Clinical research is critical to the development of new treatments and approaches and continuously improving the quality and effectiveness of care we give.   Importantly it also stimulates creativity, is a great team activity and an effective vehicle for engaging and involving patients and the community.  Regions like Kent, Surrey and Sussex have much to offer researchers, industry and innovators and it’s fantastic to see members of the team making such great strides forward and involving patients in contributing to transformational improvements in NHS treatments for everyone despite the considerable pressures on the NHS more generally. My thanks and admiration go to all those involved.”
AWARDS and WINNERS
Rising Star award Winner: Jennifer Teke – Medway Community Healthcare
Highly Commended:
●     Shani Carr – Swanscombe Health Centre, Swanscombe, Kent
●     Kate Penhaligon – Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Best Contribution to Commercial Research award Winner: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended:
●     Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
●     Dr. Monica Nordstrom – Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Best Contribution to Non-commercial Research award Winner: Heather Taylor – Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended:
●     Dr Hugo Wilson – Mid Sussex Health Care, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
●     Jude Tidbury – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Improvement and Innovation award Winner:
●     Lee Tomlinson – Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
●     Dr Cate Bell  – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended:
●     Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
●     Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar – Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Involving Patients in Research award Winner: Linda Folkes and Carla Lewis – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended:
●     Liz Still – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
●      Young People’s Advisory Group, Kent Surrey and Sussex
Recruiting to Time and Target Winner: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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