Macclesfield’s Integrated Research Team who have been shortlisted for two categories in the 2019 Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards. Paediatric research nurse Natalie Keenan who has been shortlisted for a further award is pictured fourth from the left.
Macclesfield’s Integrated Research Team who have been shortlisted for two categories in the 2019 Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards. Paediatric research nurse Natalie Keenan who has been shortlisted for a further award is pictured fourth from the left.
East Cheshire research staff in line for three prestigious awards
01 November 2019

Research staff from East Cheshire NHS Trust have made the finals in three separate categories for the 2019 Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards, which take place this month.

The Macclesfield Hospital-based colleagues made the shortlist after more than 200 nominations were received from trusts, primary care, academic organisations and other local partners across the area.

Paediatric research nurse Natalie Keenan, a runner-up in the awards in 2016, has been nominated in the Research Nurse of the Year category. Meanwhile, Macclesfield’s Integrated Research Team was nominated both for the ‘Best Debut’ and ‘Research Team of the Year’ awards.

Natalie was nominated for searching out new studies for the trust and increasing involvement in research across different departments. Her colleagues also remarked on her passion for research and commitment and drive in her work, striving for excellence in everything she does.

The Integrated Research Team evolved in April 2019, bringing previously research nurses together from across a range of specialities with a shared goal of driving research forward to maximise patient benefit.

The team have embraced the objective of promoting research within the trust both to colleagues and members of the public and have hosted events as part of this, including one to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Increased networking has also secured extra external funding from the research network, enabling the team to recruit additional staff and in turn, invite and recruit more patients to participate in studies. The team have also introduced their own social media channels and increased their web presence to reach a wider audience.

Lorraine Jackman, the trust’s Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs and Governance, said: “Having skilled, motivated and well supported staff is our greatest asset and the whole team have worked to ensure that each member is aware of their value.  Respecting the experience of new staff, listening to everyone’s opinions, and involving all team members in events has allowed them to appreciate each other’s differences and qualities.”

Debbie Vinsun, Chief Operating Officer for NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, said: "I would like to congratulate each of our finalists, who have all clearly made outstanding contributions over the past year. We look forward to welcoming them, along with all our guests, to the ceremony.”

The award winners will be revealed during a ceremony in Manchester city centre on the evening of Thursday 7 November 2019.

This year’s awards are in association with Syneos Health, sponsors of our Research Team of the Year category.