Prestigious national award for RCHT Stroke Research Team
A research team in Truro has scooped a top national award from a prestigious competition for encouraging stroke patients to sign up to a variety of trials last year.
RCHT’s stroke research team won Stroke Research Network Team of the Year at a ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Health Research’s annual meeting in Newcastle.
The team aims to offer all stroke patients the opportunity to take part in research over the next few years in order to help increase the understanding of stroke and to explore new treatment and rehabilitation regimes.
A quarter of all stroke patients coming to RCHT hospitals and specialist clinics in the past four months have been recruited to a research trial.
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Stroke research team Principal Investigator Dr Frances Harrington said: “We are so proud to have received this award which represents great teamwork and enthusiasm. We are already seeing improvements in patient care coming from results of research studies we have taken part in, so this also acknowledges the great contribution made by Cornish stroke patients who have taken part in research studies.”
The team including stroke consultants and specialty doctors, Christine Schofield, Katja Adie, Abhijit Mate and Frances Harrington; research nurses, Gill Courtauld, Linda Lucas and Kirsty Bond and administrator and former RCHT Extra Mile Award Winner Ali James, recruited 202 stroke patients in Cornwall to a variety of trials in the last year.
The team hopes to develop more home grown research studies in the future.