Critical care research team recognised for outstanding achievement
The five-strong critical care research team
has been recognised for their outstanding achievement in the
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research
Network Wessex annual awards.
The research team, which is based on the unit,
has recruited more than 1,700 patients to 20 trials since it was
established in 2011. It comprises Dr Henrik Reschreiter, ICU
consultant and clinical lead for research on critical care, Julie
Camsooksai, senior research nurse, research nurses Sarah Patch and
Helena Barcraft-Barnes, and Lee Tbaily, research data manager.
The team’s success is down to integrating
research into daily clinical practice, including as part of
multidisciplinary team meetings and ward rounds, and ensuring the
unit’s nursing and medical staff are supported as much as
Almost 130 patients took part in one trial
which showed that feeding patients intravenously or via a tube
placed directly into the stomach were both equally effective. The
results, based on two years of research, are now used to ensure
clinicians have a choice of treatments for patients.
And one of the team’s latest trials is looking
at whether sepsis can be diagnosed accurately at a patient’s
bedside. It is hoped that results from this ongoing trial will
eventually lead to improvements in the speed with which this
serious condition can be targeted with antibiotics.
Julie said: “I am delighted and proud to
receive this award on behalf of the team.
“This is recognition of the hard work,
dedication and commitment of the research team. Together with the
whole critical care team we continually strive to benefit and
improve care for our patients.”
Matron for critical care, Eoin Scott, added:
“The research team on critical care do an incredible job in
ensuring we, and the wider NHS, are able to offer the very best
care and treatment to our patients,” you said.
“The award is well-deserved and reflects a lot
of hard work over the past five years.”
The awards were presented on Tuesday 14
March by Professor Nick Lemoine, medical director of the NIHR
Clinical Research Network, at an event at the Ageas Bowl,
NIHR Clinical Research Network Wessex aims to
increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical
research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and
supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by
improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research
in the NHS in the Wessex area.