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Trust research team shortlisted for award

research awardBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after the introduction of an eating disorders study focusing on bulimia has led to being shortlisted for the Creative Recruitment category at the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands Awards.

Since opening the Opiate Bulimia Naloxone study in May 2017, the Trust have become the quickest and highest recruiters taking part in the trial in bulimia and were the first NHS organisation to recruit the first patient to this study. The Research and Innovation Team have also been helping other sites both offering mentoring to other Principal Investigators to encourage adoption of the studies and supported recruitment strategies for other organisations in the region.

This shortlisted category focuses on the individual or team who have implemented innovative ways of recruiting to studies.

Jo Sawyer, Research and Innovation manager, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award in recognition of our work to improve services using research and is testament to the teams commitment.

“We have placed a growing focus on research in recent years strengthening the dedicated research department in the Trust, to support clinicians to develop, deliver and embed their projects.

“This study has been positively received by patients as it has been embedded within the clinical service as another option to standard clinical care, with many patient feedback being wholly positive of their experiences both in the care provide by the research team and the opportunity to have access to this new innovative treatment.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to work more effectively and deliver better services and will continue to encourage and support our staff who are delivering research projects in the future.”

The winners of the 2017 CRN West Midlands Network Awards will be announced on Wednesday 11th October at a ceremony at the Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox, Birmingham.