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Trust research staff celebrate award wins

Two University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust research colleagues are celebrating having recently won awards.

Huw Rowswell, a Nurse Consultant in Thrombosis, was recently awarded ‘Researcher of the Year’ by the British Society for Haematology (BSH) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Huw with Dame Sally Davies collecting his award Held in Glasgow as part of the 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the BSH, this was the first time that nursing and Allied Health Professional staff had been recognised in this way.

Working alongside Dr Tim Nokes, Consultant Haematologist at University Hospitals Plymouth, Huw has published a number of articles demonstrating the impact that mandatory risk assessments and real-time feedback have on significantly reducing hospital acquired thrombosis (blood clots). Together their work has helped to increase patient safety across the Trust.

“Receiving this award highlights the significant improvements that we, as a Trust, have made in preventing our patients from developing blood clots and improving their safety,” explains Hugh. “We all have ideas and solutions as to how to improve patient experiences and outcomes, and as a nurse I am very lucky to have a supportive manager who encourages my involvement in research.”  

Lucy and her colleagues at the recent awards A recent Level 3 graduate of the Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship programme, run by the Clinical Apprenticeship Team alongside South Devon College, has also been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Lucy Cadmore, a Research Assistant in Oncology, was recently awarded ‘Healthcare Support Worker of the Year’ by South Devon College. Nominated by her course tutors, she was presented with the award at a gala presentation evening held at the Imperial Hotel Torquay.

Taking part in the Apprenticeship programme allows Lucy and her colleagues to be based primarily in a clinical area, with regular study days to gain a more in-depth knowledge and research base.

Lucy said: “I really enjoy working in Oncology research and I’m involved in lots of different trials. It was so lovely to win an award – I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s spurred me on to hopefully become an Associate Practitioner in the future.”

Huw and Lucy with their awards Pictured above right: Huw collects his award from Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. 

Pictured above left: Lucy with fellow Level 3 graduates.

Pictured right: Huw and Lucy with their awards


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