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NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group shortlisted for prestigious North West research and innovation award

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awardsis a collaborative celebration event between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) andNIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The purpose of the event which is being part sponsored by Proteus Digital Health and MAC Clinical Research is to celebrate success for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation.

At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas.

The awards are aimed at a variety of stakeholders who work with the three organisations, including NHSpartner organisations, local authorities, industry partners, academic partners, and business partners working in health innovation.

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the NWC AHSN, said: “We’re delighted to have shortlisted for the inaugural North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. The North West Coast is a hub of excellence in life sciences research and innovation and we’re very pleased to be part of the collaboration recognising and celebrating these achievements.

The event’s primary goal is to demonstrate the impact that outstanding clinical research and innovation has had on improving patient care across the North West Coast. The event will also showcase the new ideas and techniques that are emerging from the cutting-edge research taking place across the region so that everyone will be able to view the nominations and consider if the innovation or evidence can be applied in their system or organisation.”

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC said: “The event will focus on Innovation, Health and Wellbeing and emphasise the importance of research that has the potential to reduce health inequalities. It is also an opportunity to celebrate public and professional engagement with our work.”

Jacqueline Pirmohamed, Chief Operating Officer of the National Institute for Health Research — Clinical Research Network: North West Coast, added: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the region’s achievements and success relating to research and innovation. Approximately 28,000 people took part in clinical research studies last year across NHS organisations on the North West Coast.

I would like to say thank you to all of our 43 partner organisations who contributed to this, a number of whom will be commended, rewarded and celebrated as part of the NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2015. Most importantly, this event is also about the many patients and other individuals across the region who have given up their valuable time, at challenging times in their lives, to benefit our understanding of disease and its treatment. This evening will be an opportunity to showcase what a difference their contribution has made to delivery of healthcare in this region.”

This year, over 120 entries were submitted across 12 different categories which include:

Life sciences achievement award 
Most innovative NHS team 
Research student of the year 
Clinical research impact award
Best example of advancing local NHS systems for innovation
Clinical research individual or team of the year award
Best example of collaborative working
Host executive clinical research award
Partner team leadership award
Stand out contribution of a business partner
Research innovation award
Outstanding contribution to patient and public involvement

For more information about the different categories or to view the full list of shortlisted entrants, please visit www.nwcawards.co.uk