By Duncan Barron,
In February 2019, NHS Trusts, researchers and patients across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place across the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
The awards were presented by Sine Littlewood, head of NIHR CRN business development and marketing, Dr Kate Jones, KSS CRN chief operating officer and clinical director Professor Geeta Menon. Awards were handed out for seven different categories including Rising Star, Best Contribution to Commercial Research, Best Contribution to Non-commercial Research, Improvement and Innovation, Involving Patients in Research, Recruiting to Time and Target, and Best Finance Tool Return.
Under the Involving Patients in Research Award the YPAG KSS received a Highly Commended accolade for its achievements in involving and engaging young people in health research.
Duncan Barron YPAG KSS group co-leader said: “I am so pleased for our group – we’ve seen great engagement and enthusiasm from the young people involved locally, many of whom are patients themselves. The relationships they are building with researchers is really helping to produce informed and relevant work, and the children and young adults often have great ideas. This is a well-deserved award for all those involved”.
Professor Patricia Wilson, KSS CRN research speciality lead, said: “This is fantastic news and a huge congratulations to the group. YPAG KSS has had national recognition for quite a while now so to see a regional accolade is great”.
Anna-Marie Jones, research and development improvement manager, said: “The YPAG – and Parents & Carers Group – is a valuable patient and public involvement and engagement resource in the South East and it’s great they are getting some local acknowledgement, including from partners”.