Shortlisted for Health Service Journal Awards

Posted on 05 October 2015
Through our partnership working we have been able to demonstrate that the patient is at the centre of everything we do...

The Cross Staffordshire & Shropshire Research & Development (REDIE) Group has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Award 2015, in the category of clinical research impact.  An application on behalf of the REDIE group was submitted in recognition of the partnership approach to primary care research across Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The submission highlighted the benefits of the partnerships between the NHS, Keele University, Clinical Research Network: West Midlands, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands  in supporting a high quality research programme which has a direct impact on NHS healthcare provision and commissioning.

In particular, this bid highlighted the work that North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin  Clinical Commissioning Groups, along with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, are working on in collaboration with Keele, including:
•    taking a proactive approach to the implementation of research into clinical practice through the uptake of STarT Back across the region
•    Leading the implementation of a new model of care for osteoarthritis (arising from the MOSAICs project and translating this into an implementation framework for general practice) through supporting an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship
•    Supporting evidence based practice groups for GPs, allied health professionals and the newly formed practice nurse group
•    Overcoming barriers to research engagement and delivery through agreeing a framework to support research, such as a pooled budget for excess treatment costs.

Director of the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University, Professor Elaine Hay, said: "Through our partnership working we have been able to demonstrate that the patient is at the centre of everything we do – from the development of our research, through to the development of the interventions that are tested, to implementation in practice.
"Our case studies have demonstrated the benefits to patients in supported self-management for osteoarthritis, improving access times and ensuring the right patients are matched to the right treatments for low back pain. The evidence-based practice groups provide a forum by which clinicians can ask questions important to their everyday clinical practice, are supported to review the literature and develop an evidence-based clinical ‘bottom line’, which have in turn has led to changes in clinical practice."

Dr Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director for the Clinical Research Network: West Midlands said: "The Network aims to ensure research occupies the place it deserves in the day-to-day work of the NHS, which is why we are very pleased to see the excellent work of these research teams in primary care recognised. We wish them every success in the final judging."