At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we have three appointed Research Champions currently listed below as Mr C Y Ng, Dr Abhishek Kumar and Mr Tas Hussain.
Consultants Mr Phil Harris, Professor Adam Watts and Dr Vellore Karthikeyan were the first clinicians to fulfil the brand new, two-year posts aimed at developing the high-quality clinical research taking place at WWL.
Research activity at WWL has increased rapidly over the past five years, with the Trust recruiting more than 1,200 participants across 70 studies in 2016/17.
The Research Champions are tasked with cultivating the WWL’s research performance. As well as recruiting to studies run by other institutions, they will develop their own research at WWL and submit the studies for funding, with a view to them being adopted by the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network.
The role also involves engaging with and supporting the NIHR CRN’s portfolio of registered studies and commercial trials, while promoting research among junior colleagues and championing WWL as a research-active Trust – making it even more attractive to high-calibre applicants.
Research Champion responsibilities:
Champion for Medicine –
Dr Abhishek Kumar, Consultant Cardiologist
Champion for Specialist Services – Mr C Y Ng, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Champion for Surgery –
Mr Tas Hussain, Consultant Surgeon