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Award for outstanding research at hospitals

The research team at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised in the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex Awards for their outstanding collaborative working to deliver a research study.

The awards, ran by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), saw nominees from across Hampshire, Dorset, south Wiltshire and Isle of Wight gather in Southampton to celebrate how their research is helping to improve patient care and champion innovation in the NHS.

The research team from Hampshire Hospitals won the outstanding collaborative working award for the way a research study on the ‘Respect’ process was seamlessly mobilised across all three hospitals run by the Trust in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester.

The Respect (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) process supports discussions about planning care and treatment in the event of an emergency.

It records clinical recommendations about care that could help to achieve the outcome that person would want, including wishes about receiving care or being admitted to hospital. This plan can be changed at any time, and involves patients in their own care.

Whilst other Trusts which have adopted the Respect process were conducting this over a period of time with dedicated staff supporting the data collection, Hampshire hospitals adopted an approach to recruit all the patients needed for the study on a single day. 626 patients were recruited to the study.

Members of staff including junior doctors, ward clerks, senior managers and more were all instrumental in delivering this important research.

Sarah Clarke, Research & Development Manager, said: “Without the involvement and support of each of these different staff groups, the study would not have been a success, so it’s fantastic this has been recognised. I am so proud of how everyone worked together as one team to deliver the results. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved.”

Members from the research and development team with Hampshire Hospitals chief executive, Alex Whitfield (far right)

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