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Research Team reach the finals of the British Journal of Nursing Awards

The Research Team at MEHT are delighted to have reached the finals of the British Journal of Nursing Awards.

They have been nominated for the ‘innovation’ category, in recognition of initiatives within the research team and development of a growing research culture within our Trust.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, March 9, at Shakespeare’s Underglobe, London.

Tracey Camburn, Lead Research Nurse and Co-Director of R&D said: “We are thrilled and proud to be shortlisted for this prestigious award.  The research team has grown and developed within both Mid Essex and primary care and this nomination is clear recognition of our achievements.”

Nursing Times Awards

Research and Development Team win prestigious Nursing Times award

Many congratulations to the Research and Development Team on winning a prestigious accolade at the Nursing Times awards.

The team were presented with the ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ award, sponsored by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, last night (Thursday, November 2).

Having been announced as finalists for two categories – ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ and ‘Team of the Year’ - in July, they then had to closely follow a strict brief and prepare two detailed presentations for the judging panels. Five members of the research team were selected to face the judges, undergo intensive interviews and deliver the presentations. 

The department were shortlisted for their innovation of merging the oncology research, generic research and R&D teams, who had always previously worked in complete isolation from each other. By combining their skills and continually adapting, the research team now has a strong identity, shared goals and is actively changing the research culture within the trust. 

The judges were particularly impressed by the number of patients who are now offered research opportunities at MEHT and the excellent standard of nursing care delivered. Since becoming an integrated department, the number of patients entering national studies at Broomfield Hospital has increased by over 200% and we are now the highest recruiting district general hospital in the East of England.

Lauren Perkins, research and development innovation manager, said: “It is my absolute pleasure to announce that we won the ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ award.

“I’m beaming with pride this morning and I’m so proud of the hard work that the team do day in, day out."

Lyn Hinton, director of nursing, said: “Well done to our Research and Development Team for this outstanding achievement. It is wonderful to see them recognised on a national platform and is cause for celebration across the trust.”

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“I fell in love with working in research”

Christine Catley is no ordinary nurse.  After 12 years working in the insurance industry, she grasped the opportunity to train for the career she now loves. 

The Comms team from CRN North Thames visited Christine during a working day, at the Helen Rollason Research Centre and asked her all about her journey and love of clinical research.

Christine’s journey

Having studied for a nursing degree, Christine qualified in the year 2000 and began working in the renal unit whilst raising her family. Her chance came when one of the many respected researchers at Broomfield wanted to conduct a polycystic kidney disease study. With no research-experienced renal nurse to hand, Christine was offered training to broaden her role and she enthusiastically rose to the challenge. Within the Broomfield Hospital grounds in Chelmsford, the team at the Helen Rollason Research Centre were so supportive, the study made Christine fall in love with working in research.  

Initially fulfilling a research role for one day a week, Christine is now a dedicated full time Research Nurse, working as part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust’s (MEHT) team at Broomfield Hospital.   

Research at MEHT

Since starting in her research role, Christine and the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) have grown from strength to strength. The unit were the top UK recruiters in the polycystic study and last year Mid Essex were the highest recruiting non-teaching hospital for the specialty in North Thames. Christine has helped teach other nurses about research and get them involved in studies across the hospital. There is now a second renal research nurse and others working in different specialties. 

The research nurses work closely together, assisting each other with practical support as well as pooling knowledge and experience. Christine thrives in the busy department and is inspired by those she works with. She tells us:

“Our renal doctors are very enthusiastic about research, and our nursing colleagues in the renal unit are very supportive of research too.”

The research nurse’s role

Christine is passionate and enthusiastic about her position and is frequently an advocate for the research nurses’ role. She reveals some interesting facts behind the growing profession:

“Research nursing is now one of the fastest
emerging specialisms, and nurses are the largest body of professionals
carrying out clinical research in the NHS"

“Research nursing is a great extension to the skill set of the renal multi-disciplinary team and it’s important that nurses can offer research to patients. The role is ideal for those wanting to extend their education and through it we’re able to actively contribute to knowledge of conditions and bring about positive change.   

“It’s a real privilege working so closely with individual patients and we receive great feedback. Many patients and their families tell us how much they enjoy coming here to the CTU”.

Support from the NIHR

“Through the NIHR CRNs the Department of Health is placing more than £300 million a year into funding research staff and paying for the use of NHS equipment and facilities. CRN North Thames coordinate and support the delivery of our research and give us practical help in things like advice on studies in the pipeline and facilitating regular teleconferences with other hospitals undertaking renal studies”. 

Patients are key

Patients seem keen to participate at MEHT, but what would you say to others who are considering taking part in clinical research?

“Just to take your time to make sure you are comfortable with the requirements of the study; discuss it with your family, friends and any healthcare professionals. Research is completely voluntary and the patients’ needs and safety are always put first so we make sure that it’s always right for them”.

Christine has participated in two studies herself and gained personal experience:

“I know I felt content that I helped improve the knowledge surrounding diseases which will hopefully improve care for patients in the future. Without volunteers, there would be no innovative treatments, devices or new techniques to improve care or quality of life.”

“One of my patients spoke to me recently after taking part in a two-year study” Christine tells us.  “He told me”:

“I would say to anybody
who is asked to enter this kind of research,
       seize it with both hands. It is a wonderful opportunity”.    

    Article courtesy of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
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Shortlisting Success for the Nursing Times Awards 2017

We are so proud to announce that Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust have been shortlisted for our Clinical Research Nursing and Team of the Year in the Nursing Times Award 2017, which represents true excellence in nursing and patient care.

The winners are set to be announced at the prestigious ceremony (sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research) on 2 November 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Good luck team!

Tea for Helen 2017
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Tea for Helen

The Research Team raised £891.84 in the latest charity fundraiser, Tea for Helen.


Interview Success!

The NIHR CRN interviewed one of our research nurses to find out what it’s really like to work on the frontline of research. 

Please follow the link to find out more about how research makes all the difference https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/research-makes-all-the-difference/6461 

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

International Clinical Trials Day  

The Trust celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on Friday 19th May with an information stand in the atrium with food, patient representatives and reps from ARU & CRN.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped on the day, it was a great success! 

R&D Burns Team_OSCA winers 2017
St. Andrews Burns and Plastics Research and Development Team
Gracy Kumar, Renal Nurse
Gracy Kumar, Renal Nurse

Mid Essex Staff OSCA's 2017 Winners Revealed 

Well done to the winners of this years Mid Essex Hospitals' Services OSCA Staff Awards.This year a new award was introduced for Research and Innovation, which was kindly sponsored by Health Enterprise East (HEE). Two awards were up for grabs, one for an individual and the other for a team, the winners are as follows:

  • Gracy Kumar, Renal Nurse
  • St. Andrews Burns & Plastics, Research & Development Team.

Well done to everyone who were nominated for this award - you are all winners! 

SNAP 2 National Survey

SNAP-2 National Study Success 

Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust R&D Team were the highest recruiter for the SNAP-2 National Study.

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the study and look forward to more studies like this in the future. 

If you would like to follow the SNAP-2 progress, please see here for the dedicated twitter feed.