UHB R&D win Best in Care Award

13 November 2013

The Research and Development Team underlined its dramatic expansion over past two years by picking up the Brighter Futures award at the Trust’s annual Best in Care Awards.

The team has recorded a series of successes, including world leading recruitment in a number of different trials across several specialties and a large increase in the number of patients being recruited overall.

The annual awards are designed to recognise the best of the Trust’s many different departments, and the R&D team was short listed in its category alongside the Taking Positive Steps Team and the Learning Hub Team.

The team, led by R&D Head of Operations Joanne Plumb, enjoyed a night of laughter and celebration alongside their fellow nominees, and she admits she did not expect to pick up the award.

“We were up against two such amazing teams. We expected to be there just to celebrate being short listed,” she says.

“To then actually win the award is a real tribute to the work put in by so many people in so many different roles across the Trust.

“Research is such an important part of the Trust’s work and the whole team has worked really hard to help develop new ideas, support research and carry out some of the most important studies and trials happening in the world.”

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