RJAH Research team celebrate awards success

Release Date: 29/11/2019

RJAH Research team celebrate awards success

Members of the Research department at Shropshire’s specialist orthopaedic hospital are celebrating after winning a prestigious award for making an impact on Clinical Research within the NHS.

The team at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) won the Clinical Research Impact Award at the Clinical Research Network’s (CRN) West Midlands Awards, and were also awarded Highly Commended in the Best Overall Performance category.

In the Clinical Research Impact Award, they were nominated for their work relating to a study, which looked at the effectiveness of a particular dressing in primary arthroplasty patients.

The study involved 220 patients having either a new hip or knee with each patient being followed up for six weeks.

The study was published in 2016 – and in May of this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published evidence based recommendations on the use of the dressings, and used data from the team’s study as one of their main sources of evidence.

The staff members involved in this particular study, include Mr Sudheer Karlakki, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon; Jayne Edwards, Senior Research Sister; Jan Herman Kuiper, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics; Mary Offland, Infection Control Nurse; and Mr Robin Banerjee, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

The ceremony, which took place earlier this month at the Everyman Cinema in Birmingham, had strong representation from RJAH – with them being hosted by the Trust’s Chief Executive, Mark Brandreth, who is also Chair of the Clinical Research Network for West Midlands’ Partnership Group.

Mark said: “Congratulations to our superb Research colleagues for not only winning the Clinical Research Impact Award but for also being awarded Highly Commended overall, that is a fantastic achievement and a true testament to their hard work.

“As well as celebrating RJAH’s fantastic Research team, I was also thrilled to be asked to help recognise the amazing research that our partners are carrying out, offering patients and the public all over the West Midlands the chance to take part in improving the healthcare of the future.”

Teresa Jones, Research Manager at RJAH said: “We are delighted and immensely proud to have not only won the Clinical Research Impact Award but also to have been awarded Highly Commended overall.

“The work carried out by the team demonstrated true clinical impact, as NICE used data from our team’s study as one of their main sources of evidence for their published recommendations. This is why it is so important we conduct research in the NHS, this is how we improve our patient care.”

 

Photo caption: From left, David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), which hosts the Network; Jayne Edwards, Senior Research Sister; Julie Steen, Research Project Manager; Jan Herman Kuiper, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics; Teresa Jones, Research Manager; and Mark Brandreth, RJAH Chief Executive, who is also Chair of the Clinical Research Network for West Midlands’ Partnership Group.



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