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Success at National Institute Health Research Network Awards

Researchers at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised in the third annual National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Network Awards.

Teams from across the region joined together to celebrate clinical research projects and we’re proud to congratulate Dr Julie Menzies, Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse Researcher and Lead Nurse for Patient Safety, Karl Emms, who won the Improvement Project of the Year for their work, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, in introducing structured research placements for student nurses.

The important project focused on developing the nurses’ research knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills by communicating with colleagues, patients and families across the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Our Paediatric Intensive Care (PIC) Research Team was highly commended in the Team of the Year category for their contribution to research with 23% of all PIC admissions in 2017/2018 participating in clinical research. The team also actively contribute to the award-winning ‘Learning from Excellence’ (LfE) initiative, which aims to identify and promote excellence of care and best practice. 

The BUMPES team, led by Professor Peter Brocklehurst and Professor Christine MacArthur from the University of Birmingham and researchers at our Women’s Hospital, were also highly commended for Clinical Research Impact in studying which birthing positions are best for first time mothers who have epidurals.

Outcomes of the study were recently published in the British Medical Journal and have changed practice significantly.

The Network’s Clinical Director and Director of Research and Innovation at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Professor Jeremy Kirk, said:

“The aim of this event is to celebrate the wide range of high quality clinical research taking place right across our region and it was great to see so many different Trusts represented amongst the winners.

“This is the third year of the Awards and the standard of entries was very high again this year, giving the judges a real challenge. We congratulate all the winners and those who were highly commended.”