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WWL Research Staff Shortlisted for Clinical Research Awards

Newsdate: 25 October 2016

WWL is pleased to announce that members of our staff have been shortlisted for three esteemed Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards. The awards that are set to take place 17 November 2016 in Manchester’s city centre recognise the hard-working, high-achieving researchers, research teams, R&D departments and other research support functions throughout the region.

This year, WWL’s Fertility Team, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, Professor Kumar and Clinical Research Admin Assistant, Linzi Heaton have all been shortlisted for awards.

For Best Debut, the Fertility Team led by Mr Phillip Harris, Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Clinical Lead for the Hewitt Fertility centre at Wrightington Hospital, has been shortlisted. Earlier this year the Fertility Team were approached to take part in a clinical trial involving a new medical device hoped to increase the success rate of Intra-uterine insemination. As the team believe very strongly that this type of research would benefit their patients, they successfully set to work to gain ethical approval in the UK for the study. By introducing new fertility techniques such as the use of this new medical device, the team is a big step forward towards their goals of making treatments less complex and more successful for their patients.

The nomination for Outstanding Contribution goes to Professor Kumar who has recently stepped into the new role of Research Network Lead in ENT for the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network. In this new role, Professor Kumar has already successfully arranged the very first ENT speciality meetings in the Greater Manchester area. This is in addition to the various clinical trials he has been involved in over the last five years that have achieved outstanding results for the ENT field. Professor Kumar believes that all members of the ENT team should take the time to be involved in clinical research to help further the field and patient care and actively encourages his fellow team members.

Finally, for the Research Administrator of the year award, Linzi Heaton has been nominated for her work with the Clinical Research Team. Over the last 12 months Linzi has shown to be a valued member of the Research Team. Linzi is conscientious and works above and beyond her role through her work running observational studies, her excellent documentation skills and her expert administration support for the nurses during challenging research studies. As part of her progression, Linzi has completed the Cavendish Care Course and is well on her way to becoming a research practitioner.

The Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards are entering their fourth year and are an excellent opportunity for the Greater Manchester health research community to benchmark their skills against their colleagues. The awards are open to all NHS research staff.