Two members of the Research and Development department at North West Anglia NHS Foundation have been awarded in this year’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern Celebration Awards.
Research Administrator, Michelle Austin and Patient Research Ambassador, Will Ryder were invited to the CRN Eastern Awards on Thursday 4 October, in recognition of their significant contribution to research in the Eastern region.
Will, a Patient Research Ambassador at Hinchingbrooke Hospital since 2014, was presented with the Research Ambassador Award for his work promoting research across the Trust.
Over the years, Will has played a key role in promoting research happening in our hospitals and helping to recruit patients to studies. He has been instrumental in recruiting participants to the vascular design study by approaching members of the public and encouraging them to get involved. As a result of his hard work, the study has recruited over 150 patients in the last 18 months.
Michelle Austin, Research Administrator at Peterborough City Hospital, was also a winner in the Unsung Hero Category. She was commended by colleagues for going above and beyond to ensure the running of trials. During her time as Research Administrator Michelle has gone out of her way to make the process of participating as easy as possible for patients. She is now responsible for coordinating the running of two surgical trials and is an asset to the department.
Lyndon Bridgewater, Head of Research and Development at North West Anglia Foundation Trust, said: “Both Will and Michelle are integral part of the research and development team and play a key role in supporting research studies. On behalf of everyone in the department, I would like to congratulate them on their success at the awards and thank them for their continued hard work and support."
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