A government minister has acknowledged the importance of clinical research nurses in making the UK a worldwide leader in healthcare innovation.
George Freeman, minister for life sciences, was speaking at a reception for finalists in the first ever clinical research category in this year’s Nursing Times awards.
“NHS Clinical Research Nurses are the key people at the frontline of the UK’s mission to be a world leader in 21st Century medicines and healthcare innovation,” he said.
“Their professional clinical expertise ensures quality data collection and high quality patient care. Nurses also follow up patients in research and support patient groups and industry,” he said.
He added: “Through the National Institute for Health Research we are supporting the NHS to become a test bed for 21st Century medicines and healthcare technology innovation.
“Without patients willing to take part in our ground-breaking research projects, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our aim of being the best place in the world to develop, test and adopt 21st Century healthcare technologies for the benefit of NHS patients,” said Mr Freeman.
The new award category, sponsored by the National Institute for Health research, was launched this year to reflect the growth of clinical research nursing.
It was won by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (see below) for its development of a research service, specifically for people with dementia.
The Clinical Research Nursing award was among 20 given out to nurses and midwives at this year’s Nursing Times awards on Wednesday night in London.
A full list of winners, with more details on their projects and those of the other finalists can be found in our special awards brochure.