Research and Development Symposium 2017

The innovative clinical research happening in Devon was celebrated at the Trust’s annual research and development symposium in June. The event was held at Portmore Golf Park Barnstaple, and included talks from a number of speakers who are carrying out successful research and development work across the South West.

Awards were given to individuals and teams for their contributions to research and development. Research projects that were discussed at the event included the Trust’s SafeTXT study, which looks at using text messaging to raise awareness and reduce sexually transmitted infections in young people.

The day also featured research into finding ‘biomarkers’ for Parkinson’s, which are small changes in the body that can be measured to show the severity of a person’s Parkinson’s. Identifying biomarkers could help with earlier diagnosis of Parkinson’s and be used to measure a patient’s progress, which will help with the testing of new treatments.

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R&D Symposium Award Winners 2017

Educator of the Year – Jane Hunt

This award recognises Jane’s fantastic work with PETROC. Jane is a Clinical Research Nurse based at North Devon District Hospital. She works closely with Shaun Kershaw, the Head of Petroc Health and Care Academy, to provide students with a taster day with the Research and Development department. Jane has had some extremely positive feedback from the students involved and hopefully her endeavours shall inspire the next generation of Research!

Best Team – Endoscopy Department

The Urology team have been recruiting into the DETECT 1 study. This is a study looks at the use a new marker to rule out the presence of bladder cancer with patients with haematuria. To facilitate this study the team has had to use the Endoscopy facilities. This award recognises the help and support that the Endoscopy team have provided with such good grace. They have been friendly and accommodating throughout the study.

Rising Star – Kay Dowling

Kay is a Cardiac Scientist Trainee and is undertaking an MSc as part of the ‘Modernising Scientific Careers’ programme whilst in service at NDDH. She is investigating the management of transient loss of consciousness at North Devon DGH.

Kay used the advice and support of the hospital research and audit departments as well as clinical coding and medical records.

Kay is an excellent ambassador for healthcare science and will continue to use research to further develop her knowledge of cardiology and to benefit cardiac patients.

Unsung Hero – Emma Phillips and April Adams from the Finance Team

Emma and April put in a lot of work in keeping the complex R & D budgets on track.  With an ever changing team structure they are constantly being asked to re-work figures and costing scenarios.  They always provide figures quickly and efficiently. They are an integral part of the management function of R & D and their input at meetings and in completing the CRN finance returns are invaluable.

They always manage to explain complicated finances in a way that the team can understand and they have endless patience with the many questions we all throw at them.

Last updated: November 20, 2017