CRN West Midlands 2019 Awards Categories/Criteria
The Network in its present form is five years old this year and we have come a long way in those five years - this is your chance to celebrate! There are seven Awards celebrating excellence amongst our researchers and teams - below you will find a description of each category and the criteria the panel will be considering when making the awards.
The deadline for nominations is 20 September (extended from 13 September).
Download the form here or email email@example.com for a copy, and send your completed forms to the same email address by close of business on 20 September.
Collaboration in Research
This Award will recognise collaborations which have benefitted the delivery of studies.
- Innovative ways of working together
- Internal – between departments, or external - with wider NHS or other organisations
- The extent to which the collaboration is outside usual working relationships
- The impact the collaboration has had on the study delivery for the benefit of patients
This Award will go to an individual or team which has implemented innovative ways of recruiting to studies, including use of digital technology to design and deliver research
- New methods of targeting patients for recruitment (inc. digital)
- What is the evidence of their impact on recruitment?
- Efficiency of recruitment methods to save on costs, or to benefit patients
- Can it be replicated across the region?
- How is it better than more traditional methods?
Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement Award
This Award will go to an individual or team who have shown outstanding commitment
to involving patients or the public in research design and delivery. For example, a member of the research team, a patient representative/patient ambassador who has really made a difference.
- Have patients, public and carers been involved at every stage of studies?
- Evidence of how involvement in research has been promoted to patients and carers
- The innovative way patients have been involved/engaged in research
- How the study has benefitted from this involvement
Investigator of the Year
This Award will go to a Principal or Chief Investigator from a medical or non-medical discipline who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to research delivery.
- Successfully opening and recruiting to new studies
- What unique contribution have they made to research delivery in the region?
- How they have engaged with the Network or Research Team to promote research and encourage the investigators of the future
- What impact have they had on patient care in their specialty area
- Meeting or exceeding recruitment
- Targets research grants
- Publications in peer reviewed journals
- Evidence of embracing new types of research or prioritising and developing an area of previously low activity
Team of the Year
This Award will go the team judged to have made the greatest contribution to clinical research in the region in the last 12 months, including new research teams formed in the last 12 months, and support services such as IT, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory medicine etc
- All types of team, not just research staff
- What unique contribution have they made to research delivery or support in the region?
- How do they stand out above others?
- Their impact in terms of patient benefit
- What impact have they had on research in their organisation, including building capacity to take on additional studies
Clinical Research Impact Award
These Awards will go to individuals or teams who can demonstrate the impact of their research on clinical practice
- Evidence of how the adoption of clinical research study findings has led to significant service improvement, improved patient outcomes and/or led to significant service improvement
- Evidence of expansion in the breadth of disease specialties or service areas engaged in clinical research
- How have the impacts been disseminated?
Improvement Project of the Year
The Network is always striving to be the best it can be when it comes to research delivery as well as the back office processes in order to provide a consistent and efficient service to our stakeholders (e.g. research participants, University research teams, Trust research departments). We know that people and teams across the region are committed to this already and have embedded an approach to their work which means they are continually improving what they do and how they do it. This award is to help acknowledge and recognise this work.
- At least one example of applying improvement in own work/work of a team or department
- The impact it has had, showing clear measured outputs (this could be negative as well as neutral or positive) and CRN High Level Objectives/Trust objectives
- Lessons learned from the improvement
- Examples of how improvement has been championed amongst the team(s)
- How the improvement has been/will be sustained
- Potential for impacting on other areas of the LCRN
- Any specific example of improvements featuring digital technology