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CRN West Midlands Awards

UHCW were successful again this year at the annual Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands’ Awards with the team winning two awards as well as being highly commended in two other categories.

Rob Klimek picked up the Wellbeing prize for his work during the pandemic sending out weekly wellbeing emails, information on topics raised by staff and signposting to sources of advice and guidance.

The UHCW Research & Development (R&D) Team received the Clinical Research Network's (CRN) Operational Excellence in Research Award in acknowledgement of the work undertaken during the pandemic and post-pandemic period and for continually improving current research activities and processes.

The Covid-19 Research Team were highly commended in the Collaboration in Research category for their multi-disciplinary, cross speciality work on urgent public health studies such as RECOVERY, SIREN, ISARIC and Valneva.

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam was also highly commended for NIHR portfolio studies in gastroenterology, such as RECEDE and CESCAIL, and for the COVID treatment study IONIC.



The NIHR Coventry & Warwickshire Clinical Research Facility (CRF), based at UHCW, picked up silver at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards this year.

The team of CRF Delivery Manager Tracy Gazeley, Senior Research Governance Facilitator Claire Finnie and Senior Research Nurse Eleanor Sear were shortlisted in the Clinical Site Team category. Comprising three stages, the awards offer an opportunity for research professionals to benchmark their skills against their peers in a friendly learning environment and have them judged by an independent steering group of industry leaders.

The award success recognises the CRF Team’s extensive knowledge of clinical research and their ability to work as a team to deliver excellence in the setting up and conduct of clinical trials.



HSJ Value Awards 2021

Our Covid PatientTRACKER was shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award in the Digital Clinical Transformation Award Category.

Although it didn’t win, we are extremely proud of this unique digital solution to ensure that every research patient is followed up in accordance with the correct.

Lead Research Nurse Nic Aldridge and R&D Digital & Data Delivery Manager led on the COVID PatientTRACKER project.



UHCW Research and Development (R&D) Team were winners once again at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards this year, winning bronze in the Clinical Research Team category in which they were the only NHS Trust to be shortlisted.

The Clinical Research Team category was designed to challenge the Team’s understanding of the core aspects of clinical research and Good Clinical Practice and recognises their talent and passion for research.

Chloe Sahan (Research Sister), Becky Grenfell (Assistant Research Practitioner), Jason Allen (R&D Digital & Data Delivery Manager) and Frankie Brewer (Research Sister) made up the award-winning team.



CRN West Midlands Awards

The UHCW Research and Development (R&D) team were successful again this year
at the annual Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands’ Awards which were held virtually on 9th December 2020.

Our Lead Nurse Nicolas Aldridge and Digital and Data Delivery Manager Jason Allen won the Digital Innovation Award. It comes after the pair developed the PatientTRACKERTM, an easy to use clinical delivery software tool aiding in the effective management of patients in research studies and clinical trials.

They adapted the tracker and assisted with its roll out across the West Midlands during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the Urgent Public Health RECOVERY trial, showing a true collaborative effort to ensure patients can be tracked and research carried out seamlessly across organisations.  

Professor Kiran Patel, our Chief Medical Officer, was Highly Commended in the Investigator of the Year category for the support he's shown to the RECOVERY Trial, which aims to identify treatments that may be beneficial for people hospitalised with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

UHCW were also Highly Commended at the CRN awards for being the highest recruiters to COVID-19 interventional studies.

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director of the CRN West Midlands, said: "We would like to offer our congratulations to UHCW for their well deserved win and highly commended in our Regional Awards - we are delighted to recognise the major contribution that they have made to research in the region in this extraordinary and challenging year."



NHS 70@70

Two members of our Nursing and Midwifery Team have been specially selected to join a pioneering programme designed to drive forward research on a local, regional and national level.

Nic Aldridge (Lead Nurse for Research and Development) and Dr Liz Bailey (Midwife Research Fellow) will join 68 other experts on the Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme over a three year period.

The aims of the ‘game-changing’ initiative are to strengthen the research voice and influence of nurses and midwives in NHS provider organisations.


PharmaTimes 2019

Our Research and Development (R&D) team has been recognised for its continued excellence at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Research of the Year Awards 2019.

Sonia Kandola (R&D Business Manager), Kate Herbert (Research Governance Associate) and Rupa Kumar (Research Nurse) passed two rounds of challenges to reach the finals and scooped the Bronze award in the NHS Clinical Research Site of the Year.

This demonstrates to the wider industry that the Trust is a place where high quality research takes place.


CRN West Midlands Awards

UHCW staff were successful once again at the Annual Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands’ Awards, which were held on 7th November. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and received an award, you can read about our winners below.

Jason Allen, R&D Digital & Data Delivery Manager, received the
Improvement Project of the Year Award for the creation and implementation of a digital research delivery package. This included a bespoke patient research tracker for individual studies, which acts as a tool to allow efficiency within the teams, reducing preparation time and replication of tasks, supporting staff in managing workload and ensuring high quality research delivery. In addition, he implemented Horizon Scan, a system which supports clinical staff in identifying new patient opportunities by utilising raw NIHR OPD data and directing this to an in-house dashboard which filters by speciality.

Dr Gordon McGregor, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, received the Emerging Investigator
of the Year Award. Over the last year Gordon has been successful in obtaining over £1.5m in grant funding for research studies looking at exercise based interventions. Uniquely, Gordon achieved Chief Investigator status on his first multi-million-pound clinical trial application; a status usually afforded to established clinical academics with an NIHR track record. He has been involved in portfolio studies with a wide range of clinical and academic partners, recruiting over 1300 participants. In addition, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Gordon is a role model for aspiring clinical academics and is heavily involved in UHCW’s iCAhRE programme to develop non-medical research leaders of the future.



CRN West Midlands Awards

UHCW staff received of a number of awards at the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands’ third Annual Awards, which were held on 4th October.

Individual winners were; Sukhdeep Bhutta from ICT Systems Development who received the Use of Digital Technology in Research Award in recognition of innovative use of digital technology in designing and delivering research, and Mojid Khan, Lead Pharmacist for Clinical Trials, who received the Support Service Award for his outstanding commitment to the delivery of clinical research.


Ceri Jones, Head of Research and Development, accepted the Business Intelligence Leader Award on behalf of the Research and Development (R&D) Team. The award, which the UHCW R&D Team won for the second year running, acknowledges our role as a Partner Organisation who has worked with the Clinical Research Network to provide the most up to date and complete data, and which has developed innovative solutions in EDGE whilst sharing best practice for other organisations.


Ceri also received an award on behalf of the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism (WISDEM) Team, who were Highly Commended in the Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement category, for their commitment to involving patients or the public in research design and delivery.

More information about all the award categories and winning entries are available here



SMARTChip won the MidTECH award for the “Best NHS-Developed Medical Technology Innovation” at the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Awards 2018.

SMARTChip is a purine biosensor using a finger-prick sample of blood to detect ischaemic brain events, which occur during a stroke. This new test could offer a lifeline to stroke patients by dramatically
reducing the amount of time it takes to recognise stroke symptoms.

SMARTChip has been developed through a series of research studies in collaboration with a vascular surgeon (Professor Chris Imray, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; a scientist / small and medium-sized enterprise, (Professor Nick Dale, Sarissa Ltd); and a stroke physician (Professor Christine Roffe, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust).

The award was collected by Ceri Jones (Head of R&D), Deborah Griggs (Research Portfolio Development Manager), and Norman Phillips (Patient representative).


HSJ Value Awards

UHCW NHS Trust was Highly Commended at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards 2018 in the Workforce efficiency category.