Job Title: Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Department: Child Health
Telephone Number: 01772 522246
Primary Medical Qualification: Artsexamen (Netherlands)
Other Qualifications: MRCP MRCPCH DCH
Year of Registration: 1996
GMC Number: 4323378
Career History: Undergraduate training at Leiden University in The Netherlands. General Professional Training with Senior House Officer rotations in Aberdeen and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics in the Oxford Deanery. Experience of acute care of children in hospital, consultations in out-patients, and the long-term care of children with disabilities in the community. Obtained a National Grid Post in Paediatric Neurology in the North Western Deanery, and trained in this subspecialty for four years. Locum Consultant with a neuromuscular lead, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Locum Consultant post with an epilepsy lead, Royal Preston Hospital. Currently Consultant Paediatric Neurologist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Areas: Neuromuscular lead for Lancashire; neurodisability lead for Lancashire, including tone management service and acquired brain injury service for children
Specialist Interests: Neuromuscular disease; neurodisability including tone management; demyelinating disease
Research Interests: Neuromuscular disease; neurodisability including management of cerebral palsy; demyelinating disease; Paediatric Specialty Group Lead for the Medicines for Children's Research Network for Lancashire and South Cumbria
Clinics: General Paediatric Neurology Clinic; Tone Management Clinic
Languages Spoken: Dutch; English; German; French
Awards and Prizes: University of Leiden, pre-clinical examination passed with honours
Recognition for excellence in research and innovation in regional, prestigious awards
Two members of staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted within the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2019 for excellence in research and innovation.
The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards celebrate the excellent work being undertaken across the region in clinical research and innovation in healthcare. More specifically, the awards aim to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation have an impact on patient care.
Christian DeGoede, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year Award for 2019.
Christian said: “I am delighted and proud to have been nominated and now shortlisted for the North West Coast Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year Award 2019. I feel children’s research has taken a leap over the last couple of years, extending our portfolio and attracting funding for important research. I am passionate about research, and believe this should be part of our clinical practice as it ensures we provide the best available care to our patients and families. I have to emphasise this would not have been possible without the support and dedication of our highly motivated research team.”
“I also believe the establishment of the NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility at Royal Preston Hospital has catalysed the progress of our research agenda, and has helped the collaboration with our regional universities. Indeed we are involved in some ground breaking work along the lines of seizure detection with Lancaster University and a project with the University of Central Lancashire on an innovative device to help children who wet the bed. I cannot wait to see what 2019 will bring and look forward to build further on what we have achieved.”
Christian was nominated by Andrew Lancaster, Senior Research Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Andrew said: “I am delighted that Christian has been shortlisted for this award and I was very happy to nominate him. I believe that he thoroughly deserves this recognition of all the work and enthusiasm that he has put into paediatric research at Royal Preston Hospital. Having worked with him for the last six years I think it is fair to say that, without Christian, paediatric research at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals would not be in the healthy, dynamic position that we find ourselves in now. Christian champions research across the organisation and leads on a number of research studies.”
Andy Nixon, Clinical Research Fellow in Renal Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, has also been shortlisted within these awards for the Clinical Research Rising Star of the Year Award.
Andy said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted. It was quite a surprise as I did not know I had been nominated! I am incredibly grateful to Paul Brown, Kina Bennett, Nichola Verstraelen and Jacqueline Bramley in the department of research and innovation for nominating me. I am the first appointed Clinical Research Fellow in Renal Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and without their support I would not been able progress as I have done. With their guidance and under the supervision of Consultant Nephrologist Dr Ajay Dhaygude, I have developed and delivered original research projects, actively engaged patients and the public in research design and established new collaborations with researchers that have a shared goal, specifically the improvement in the health and wellbeing of older adults.”
“Over the last 18 months we have presented our research on the diagnostic accuracy of frailty screening methods in advanced chronic kidney disease at national and international conferences and recently published our manuscript. We are now performing a study funded by Kidney Research UK with the main objective of evaluating the feasibility of performing a randomised controlled trial that investigates the effect of home-based exercise on the physical function and quality of life of pre-frail and frail patients with chronic kidney disease.”
“Last year, with the support of the Clinical Director of the Department of Renal Medicine, Dr Mark Brady, I was appointed as the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Renal Project Lead for the Specialised Clinical Frailty Network. Our department of renal medicine is one of only five renal sites to be selected to participate in this national project that aims to improve specialised services for older people living with frailty. Within our department, I am delighted to report that we are now implementing an entirely new care pathway for older patients living with frailty and chronic kidney disease.”
“I hope that our research and service improvement work will help secure funding for future original research within this field to be conducted at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and the NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for patients living with frailty and chronic kidney disease.”
Andy was nominated by Paul Brown, Head of Research and Innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Paul said: “While there have been a number of research fellows working within research and innovation (R&I) over the years, Andy is the first to be embedded here within R&I and in the NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility. This has not only been a springboard for Andy working on and now leading his own research, but also for developing the blueprint for research fellows here, i.e. a vital clinical role but with a clear research drive and motivation. We believe such roles are vital not only to clinical team recruitment and retention but also to our organisation in developing its own home-grown research and principle investigators.”
The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility, which is based at Royal Preston Hospital, is one of only 23 NIHR clinical research facilities in the country, and the only one of its kind in Lancashire. The centre provides patients in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area with the opportunity to be involved in clinical research across a wide range of health topics and conditions, and is a partnership with Lancaster University and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 7th March at the Liverpool Hilton.