Children’s clinical research facility recognised for outstanding contribution to research

Thursday 17th November saw the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Children’s Clinical Research Facility team take home the Outstanding Contribution award at the fourth annual Greater Manchester Research Awards.

The awards organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester, recognise the region’s hard-working and top-achieving researchers, research teams, R&D departments and other support staff.

The children’s clinical research facility has had a successful year delivery research studies, as well as the official opening of the newly refurbished facility in May this year, followed by the recent announcement of £12.5m NIHR funding to clinical research facilities in Greater Manchester.


Some of the children’s clinical research facility team receiving their award

A number of other CMFT staff and teams were also runners up on the night:

  • Best Debut:Katie Ball, Clinical Research Nurse in the Manchester EMERGING team at Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Public Engagement :The NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Co-ordinating Group
  • Clinical Studies/Research Practitioner of the Year:Gemma Donohoe, Clinical Trials Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Investigator of the Year:Dr Gabriel Schembri, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV medicine/Research Lead at The Hathersage Centre
  • Lifetime Achievement:Christina Pritchard, Gynaecology Oncology Research Nurse at Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Research Team of the Year:Manchester Vision Regeneration Lab, based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility

Teams and individuals recognised at the Greater Manchester Research Awards

Kathy Evans, Divisional Director, Research and Innovation Division said:

“Congratulations to the children’s clinical research facility team. The children’s teamhas grown from strength to strength since opening in 2011. This award recognises the their commitment to delivering high quality clinical research. I’d also like to say a well done to all the teams and individuals who were runners up at the award. Research in Greater Manchester is growing each year and so it is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted in these awards.

Debbie Vinsun, Chief Operating Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester added:

Our research awards provide a great way to recognise and reward some of the people and teams who make clinical research delivery so successful across Greater Manchester. Clinical research provides the evidence we need to improve treatments for patients, and having a strong research culture helps to create a strong health service. By providing more opportunities for patients to consider research alongside their other treatment options, we can contribute towards a healthier Greater Manchester.