The Gastroenterology team at the South Tyneside Foundation Trust has been recognised in the HSJ Awards 2016 as the best in the country for their impact on clinical research.
They demonstrated how they had targeted research to improve the quality of care, benefit patients and drive innovation and had a global impact. The development of South Tyneside as the most active bowel cancer screening research site in the UK and a key site internationally is just one of their many achievements.
The awards, the most highly regarded in the NHS, were presented at the O2 InterContinental London hotel. The Clinical Research Impact Award was sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.
Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This accolade is thoroughly deserved. The team, led by Professor Colin Rees, have transformed Gastroenterology at South Tyneside District Hospital over the last 10 years by prioritising research. This has led to patients locally and more widely being given access to the very latest treatments and technologies and they are now recognised leaders in research regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Consultant Gastroenterologist Professor Rees, who is also the Trust’s Director of Research and Development, said: “This award is fantastic news for our amazing, hard-working team. It is due to the dedication and commitment of each and every member that we have been able to transform Gastroenterology in South Tyneside so rapidly. This award demonstrates the high quality of care and research we deliver for our patients and shows that the very best in healthcare research can be delivered from a small hospital.”
Joining the congratulations was Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health, who presented the award. He said: “Clinical research is an integral part of the NHS and it is something that patients really value. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is setting a great example of making clinical research core business and helping patients to access research opportunities as part of their care.”
In July, the same team scooped a top national prize in the SAGE Awards for making South Tyneside a leading centre of excellence for outstanding gastroenterology patient care, research, training and innovation.