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Nursing Times Awards 2014 Winners

Posted on the 4th November 2014

Group shot of research nurses at awards with award

A team of nine nurses from the Trust were winners of the Clinical Research Nursing Award and this was the first year this category had run. The nurses work to identify new studies, both with and without medicines, which may help improve the care and treatment for people living with dementia. The research is led by the Clinical Research Nursing Team at the Trust, who develop working relationships with industry partners and academics to increase knowledge in the treatment of dementia. 

Dee Roach, Director of Nursing at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am absolutely delighted the team has been awarded for their outstanding work. To win a Nursing Times Award is a coveted accolade as it recognises the excellent contribution nurses make towards health care. At a time of constant changes within the NHS, to be able to provide innovative, compassionate care and treatments in a complex area such as dementia makes me incredibly proud of our profession. The work the team has done, and continues to do, will make an enormous difference to the lives of people with a diagnosis of dementia throughout the county. To be recognised by their peers is brilliant and we are extremely proud to have such excellent examples of teamwork and nursing within the Trust.”

Heather Iles-Smith, Research and Innovation Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are thrilled to have won the inaugural Clinical Research Nursing Award. The team are delighted that the important work involved in research has been recognised at such a prestigious event and by our peers.

“The work the team does has really helped people diagnosed with dementia in Lancashire have increased access to various treatments and therapies which, without the research, would not have been available. Since the project started it has grown in demand and we are now working with other Trusts in Lancashire to provide a wider programme of support and treatment to people with dementia across the county.”

The Nursing Times Awards represents true excellence in nursing and patient care, bringing together the best of the industry for a glittering evening of recognition, celebration and networking. With 20 categories, the coveted awards cover a wide range of achievements within the nursing profession. This year’s event saw nearly 800 entries from 306 different organisations with a record number of attendees from all levels and disciplines of the nursing world.

Jenni Middleton, Editor at the Nursing Times, said:

“The winners of year’s Nursing Times Awards showcase projects that are smart, innovative and compassionate. Our 2014 winners prove that that it takes brains to be a good nurse – but it also takes passion and a desire to want to bring about real and sustainable change.”

“Huge congratulations to all our deserving winners for achieving that and making such a massive impact on patient and service user care, safety and experience. I hope you are all #Proud2Nurse. You certainly should be.”

Initially the team collaborated with DeNDRON (Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network) who helped establish the Lancashire Care Older Adults Research Unit. They previously worked with East Lancashire Hospitals Trust to offer patients with dementia the opportunity to participate in research involving new medicines. The team are now working with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals as the second phase of the project gets under way which will lead to an expansion of the research portfolio not only in dementia but also other disease areas.

You can find out more information about the evening and the full list of winners by visiting