St Paul's Scoops Another Award

St Paul’s Scoops Another Award

You may recall in December we reported on a flurry of national awards St Paul’s staff picked up for the Cross-linking Service and also for the patient support provided by Corinna, our Eye Clinic Liaison Officer; well, another St Paul’s team has just scooped an award!   

CERC Team StaffSt Paul’s Clinical Eye Research Centre team have added to the list of awards by winning Clinical Research Team of the Year Award at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2018.

The award was presented at a celebratory event at Preston North End, recognising research and innovation that has made a significant improvement to NHS and social care.   The evening also celebrated 70 years of the NHS.

This was the third North West Coast awards event and judges dealt with a record number of entries. It was organised jointly by the Innovation Agency; NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast. 

Since opening in 2004, the Clinical Eye Research Centre (CERC) at St Paul’s Eye Unit has gone from strength to strength. An initial major trial has blossomed into a total of 70 trials with 17 currently under way. En route staff have refined patient recruitment and participation processes, streamlined patient attendance pathways, upskilled staff, developed new relationships with pharmaceutical companies and other hospital departments, and managed 100% increase in patient numbers. CERC’s reputation is now such that it is involved in every major ophthalmic trial being undertaken.

The winning R & I Awards trophyMr Ian Pearce, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Director of CERC, said “St Paul’s is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence for the treatment and research of eye disease and we are all absolutely delighted to receive an award that celebrates our work.  The award not only reflects the dedication, hard work and team spirit of all CERC staff, but also the huge amount of support we receive from our patients; without them so willingly getting involved in research here we would not have been able to achieve so much.”

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