Danetre Medical Practice in Daventry has won two awards at a ceremony hosted by the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN).
The LNR CLRN Research Awards and Showcase have been created to recognise individuals and teams delivering excellent research in the NHS. Entries into the awards were open to all research delivery staff working across the LNR region with judges being particularly keen in hearing about creative solutions that significantly increased participant recruitment into clinical trials and how teams have transformed the way they deliver research to improve the lives of their patients.
Danetre Medical Practice received the research team of the year award 2013 for the research team that constantly delivers excellent results. This category saw Danetre up against the global research community of not only other GP Practices in the region but General & University Hospitals along with Primary Care Teams & Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts.
Jo Gilford practice manager then went on to win a second award as the Non-clinical researcher of the year. This award recognises the contribution of a non-clinical researcher and saw the judges highlight how Jo has led a research revolution and been key to the transformation of the Practice in research delivery through working tirelessly to ensure that the underpinning management systems are in place to support clinical practice staff.
Dr Heer, research lead at Danetre said “It’s a total honour to be recognised by the industry as a whole, especially when you consider some of the teams we were shortlisted with were so much bigger; morale in the surgery has been given a significant boost”.
Jo Gilford said “To win both research team of the year award and the non-clinical researcher of the year was overwhelming.
“We owe a big thanks to the judges for backing Danetre and all our staff who on a daily basis, work tremendously hard to continue to allow Danetre Medical Practice to deliver outstanding services to their patients.
“We must also not forget our patients who have supported the Practice in making research a core activity. Many patients have been recruited into studies facilitating improved patient care, indicating they are taking an active interest in clinical care as a way of extending treatment options.
“Their growing awareness without doubt confirms they support our research priority.
“We recognise that clinical trials have a role to play in ensuring DMP provide the most up to date, innovative treatment and medicines for our patients.
“This means on current trend, research can only assist in ensuring DMP makes for a sustainable practice and improve patient care and proves that clinical research is not just for large teaching hospitals – it can be core business of GP surgeries.
Taking part in a clinical research study is voluntary, and can be a rewarding experience. If you are interested in learning more or being on our research database should a relevant trial become available to your condition please email Laura.Hopwood@gp-k83015.nhs.uk.”