Date: 11 September 2019
Dr Amit Arora, Consultant Physician/Geriatrician at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is amongst the winners of the recently announced National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Awards run in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
The awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research, and Dr Arora was also a winner in 2017.
Dr Arora, who is the Specialty Lead for Ageing at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM), says: ‘I am delighted to have been recognised for the work I have done with the Network to expand Ageing research in the region.
‘Since I have been in post, the number of participants in relevant studies has significantly increased, from just two in 2015/16 to over 900 in the last two years, including a notable increase in those taking part in research in care homes, where we are now one of the top regions in the UK. Collaboration between the NHS, academia and social care regionally has developed hugely.
‘I hope that my winning this award will encourage many other clinicians into becoming research active. This award is a testament to the hard working teams and the award really belongs to all those I work with and I am extremely grateful for the support they have offered to me. I am truly grateful and humbled by this award.’
Applicants were required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with a particular focus on:
On the award winners, Royal College of Physicians academic vice president, Professor Cheng-Hock Toh said: ‘The RCP is proud to celebrate physicians who excel in clinical research alongside their busy NHS jobs. I salute you for setting such high standards as role models in delivering research for all.’
Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director at CRN WM says: ‘We are absolutely thrilled for Dr Arora that he has received this recognition for the second time, a fitting testament to his hard work and enthusiasm over the last few years.
‘The engagement of NHS physicians in research is essential for sustaining clinical success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.’
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