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NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility partnership shortlisted for an award!

Posted on the 16th May 2018

An innovative research facility in Preston, which plays a pivotal role in discovering new treatment and healthcare for the future, has been shortlisted for Caring Team of the Year Award in the Health Heroes Awards.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Lancashire Clinical Research Facility sees the collaboration of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University and provides on the doorstep research opportunities for people in the area.

The facility was officially opened last year and provides a unique combination of both physical and mental health research expertise. The facility provides people in the community with the opportunity to take part in early-phase clinical research trials for dementia, neurosciences, oncology and many more.

Karen Palmer, Research Nurse Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are so pleased to have been recognised for our innovative partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Lancaster University. Partnership working is extremely important to us and by working together, we are able to provide a combination of expertise and deliver high quality care for people in Lancashire.

"Research is so crucial in developing healthcare for the future and we are encouraging as many people to start asking about their options for taking part in research and about how they can get involved!”

Nichola Verstraelen, Operational Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This shortlisting means a lot to the whole of the NIHR Clinical Research Facility research team. Our nurses thoroughly enjoy working with our research patients and families. We are able to give patients that extra level of care which is such a privilege. Our collaborative working with nurses and support staff across Lancashire Teaching and Lancashire Care means that we have skills in many areas relevant to health.

We pride ourselves on giving a first class service to not only patients but their families too. Patients can access this facility across Lancashire far and wide and we welcome anybody who is interested in finding out about research to contact us.”

The Lancashire Post Health Heroes Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the healthcare sector in our local community and healthcare professionals who made a real difference and went above and beyond.

The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility is located at Royal Preston Hospital, Avondale Unit, Sharoe Green Lane North, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT. For more information about National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Lancashire Clinical Research Facility please visit or