Groundbreaking intensive care medicine leaders commended

6 November 2017

Date: 06 November 2017

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is delighted to announce the winners of the research awards run in partnership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM). The awards, for members of the FICM, recognise research active consultants, specialty and associate doctors and trainees that are demonstrating clinical leadership, excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

Dr Matt Wise, Consultant Critical Care, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board won the Established Clinician award and Dr Duncan Chambler, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust won the Early Career Consultant award.

Applicants were required to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • demonstration of clinical leadership enabling their organisation to increase its participation in clinical studies
  • how they engaged with patients to inform them of new opportunities to participate in clinical research
  • individual contributions to successful delivery of clinical research studies.

On the award winners, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Dr Carl Waldmann said:

"In order to ensure sustainability and future high standards in the intensive care medicine service in the UK, we are dependent on high quality research conducted in this field carried out among others, by our consultants and doctors in training. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is delighted to work with the NIHR to fund these two research awards.  Congratulations to Dr Chambler and Dr Wise."

NIHR Clinical Research Network, National Specialty Lead for Critical Care, Professor Paul Dark said:

Once again, we were delighted to receive high-quality applications for the annual joint FICM and NIHR CRN awards. Applicants included early years colleagues and senior consultants competing for awards in these categories, with evidence of growing reach across the breadth of NHS critical care research practice. The range and depth of examples of organizing, leading and innovating clinical research delivery was impressive, providing evidence of real strength and enthusiasm for patient-focused research within the UK intensive care community. We look forward to developing these awards further and we encourage NHS colleagues to consider applying again in 2018."

As part of the application process the applicants had to set out what activities they planned to carry out in the future to improve research delivery.

NIHR Clinical Research Network Specialty Cluster Lead, Professor Stephen Smye said:

“Critical care is a challenging environment for clinical research but  the applicants to the  joint FICM/NIHR CRN  Research Awards described numerous impressive examples of excellent clinical research leadership, with impact extending beyond  critical care to the wider clinical research community and NHS. The winning applications confirmed that the critical care research community in the UK is vibrant, ambitious and led by outstanding clinical researchers who are determined to increase patient access to high quality research"

The awards will be presented during the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting on 6 December 2017.