Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that our Clinical Research Facility has been shortlisted for an award.
The new NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has been shortlisted for Clinical Research Site of the Year in the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.
Our NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility was opened officially in November last year. The facility, based at Royal Preston Hospital, is one of only 23 NIHR clinical research facilities in the country and is a collaboration between Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University. The centre plays a hugely important role in discovering new treatments and improving care for our patients.
The facility is an innovative collaboration providing a unique combination of both physical and mental health research expertise. The facility provides people in the community with the opportunity to take part in early-phase clinical research trials for dementia, neurosciences, oncology and many more.
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have this state of the art research centre at our hospital and we are extremely proud to play such a big part in innovation and developing ground-breaking treatment for the future. This is the only NIHR CRF in Lancashire so it means people across the county can be involved in revolutionary research studies which will help us develop new treatments for future generations. We are extremely pleased that our clinical research facility has been shortlisted for an award. It is testament to all of the hard work that went into its development and the great work that it is enabling us to complete.”
Nichola Verstraelen, Manager of the Clinical Research Facility at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are so pleased to have been recognised for all of the hard work that has been put into developing this facility. Without the three partners, it would not have been possible. The dedicated staff within these organisations contribute towards world class research. With our partners, we are looking forward to leading on ground breaking research.”
Professor Max Marshall, Medical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are extremely proud that our forward-thinking partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Lancaster University has been shortlisted for a North West Coast Research and Innovation Award.
Our state of the art, modern facility is situated in the grounds of Royal Preston Hospital meaning that people are coming to take part in trials in a partnership setting between a local community wellbeing provider, acute trust and university. Partnership working is extremely important to us, as working together means we can include a combination of expertise and provide the highest quality service for the people that we serve.
“There is so much fantastic research taking place in Lancashire and we look forward to celebrating our efforts to improve patient care, both now and in the future!”
Stephanie Cornthwaite, Lead Cancer Research Nurse for the Cancer Centre at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “As a cancer research team, we have worked alongside the clinical research facility team from the very beginning, looking at innovative ways to expand the current portfolio of trials to enable patient’s wider access to cancer clinical trials. It has been an exciting opportunity and we remain in awe of the altruism of our patients and how far we have come so far and are looking forward to what things may come.”
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.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 8th March at Preston North End Football Club.