Dr Alison Birtle, one of our Consultant Oncologists has been shortlisted for a regional research and innovation award.
The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate success for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation.
At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas.
Alison has been instrumental in a number of radiotherapy-specific developments that have directly impacted upon the services we offer our patients, such as an adaptive planning system for bladder cancer patients. Alison was the first clinician to use an adaptive technique where the bladder size and position is assessed each day, and the “plan of the day” is chosen for that patient. Not only does this reduce side effects for the patient but also ensures that the optimal benefit is gained from the treatment.
Jacqueline Pirmohamed, Chief Operating Officer of the National Institute for Health Research – Clinical Research Network North West Coast, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the region’s achievements and success relating to research and innovation. Over 30,000 people took part in clinical research studies last year across NHS organisations on the North West Coast.
“I would like to say thank you to all of our 42 partner organisations who contributed to this, a number of whom will be commended, rewarded and celebrated as part of the NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2017. Most importantly, this event is also about the many patients and other individuals across the region who have given up their valuable time, at challenging times in their lives, to benefit our understanding of disease and its treatment. This evening will be an opportunity to showcase what a difference their contribution has made to delivery of healthcare in this region.”