UHB R&D shortlisted for national award

28 August 2013

The research and development department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, part of Birmingham Health Partners, has been shortlisted for one of the country’s most prestigious healthcare excellence awards.

The success of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) in doubling the number of patients recruited to clinical trials has earned it a place among the finalists in the Clinical Research Impact category of the annual HSJ Awards.

The UHB entry was one of more than 1000 entries for the awards, with the winners announced at a ceremony in London in November.

The Trust’s submission focused on the way integrating research into the hospital’s core business impacted directly on the crucial area of patient recruitment to trials.

In 2011 the Trust recruited just 2,495 patients to NIHR adopted clinical trials, and in 2012 increased  this  to 5,044. This performance also helped promote research across the region, taking the Birmingham and Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network (BBC CLRN) into the top 10 CLRNs in the country.

The increase in clinical trial activity was driven by the Trust’s Clinical Research Strategy, (CRS) which focused on increasing the number of new trials, improving collaborations between different specialties within the Trust and building relationships with other organisations involved in research.

UHB Head of Research Operations Jo Plumb is delighted with the recognition of being shortlisted for such a high-profile award : “Clinical trials are absolutely vital to delivering the best in care for our patients, they increase our understanding of disease processes and help us develop new treatments which can improve and save lives,”

“The R&D team has worked incredibly hard to make research a part of the Trust’s core business and the success of this approach is now becoming visible” “ Our success has been achieved through   commitment and determination across the organisation,  with support from the most senior leadership at the Trust.

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery said: “The close relationship we have with the University of Birmingham has also been vital in supporting the delivery of the Trust’s Clinical Research Strategy, and is embodied in the Birmingham Health Partners collaboration.”

Having been shortlisted, representatives from UHB will now make a formal presentation to the HSJ Awards judges in October. The awards ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in  London on November 19.