We are pleased to announce that a member of our staff has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her great work in research and innovation.
Alison Birtle, Consultant Oncologist, has been shortlisted in the category of Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year.
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.
Alison Birtle, Consultant Oncologist said: “Research should never be an optional extra - every patient should have the opportunity of being considered for a trial appropriate to their medical condition as that is the way we improve the treatment for them and for the patients of the future. I am so pleased to have been shortlisted as research practitioner of the year.”
Alison was nominated by her colleague, Stephanie Cornthwaite, Senior Research Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Stephanie nominated Alison for this award, after having worked with her in a research capacity for nearly ten years. Stephanie said: “I believe that, for all the hard work and dedication that Alison shows to supporting research, she most definitely deserves this award. Alison works hard to empower patients to access research, and show everyone that research should be part of daily working life, not an added extra.”
Research is extremely important to us to enable us to offer our patients and their families the high quality care they deserve. Our NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility was opened officially last year. The facility, based at Royal Preston Hospital, is one of only 23 NIHR clinical research facilities in the country.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 8th March at Preston North End Football Club.