FICM-NIHR AWARDS

THE AWARDS

In conjunction with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the Faculty offers two awards annually that aim to recognise outstanding contributions from NHS Clinicians to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network portfolio research studies. 

There are two awards, funded by FICM, each with a £1000 prize.  The criteria are as below.  The awards are focussed on clinicians who undertake research alongside their daytime activities rather than clinical academics.

Established Clinicians Award

- Consultants (FFICM or AFICM) of at least 3 years standing at the advertised deadline for application
- SAS doctors with at least 1 programmed activity in ICM who have passed a relevant postgraduate examination (either in a partner specialty, FFICM or EDIC) at least three years before the advertised deadline for application

Early Years Award
- Consultants (FFICM or AFICM) of under 3 years standing at the advertised deadline for application
- Doctors on the ICM CCT training programmes (Single, Dual or Joint)
- SAS doctors with at least 1 programmed activity in ICM who have either not passed a relevant postgraduate examination (either in a partner specialty, FFICM or EDIC) or did so within three years of the advertised deadline for application.

The awards are moving back a few months and will be awarded in April rather than December.  The awards for 2019 will therefore be advertised in October.

 

Winners 2017

Dr Carl Waldmann, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine:

"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."

Established Clinicians Award

Dr Matt Wise, Consultant in Critical Care, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board:

"I joined the University Hospital of Wales in 2005 as Consultant in Critical Care and established a unique research infrastructure within critical care, with a team of research nurses recruiting to studies 24/7.  As Critical Care Research and Development lead for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board from 2010-2015, I increased opportunities for patient participation in critical care research exponentially, optimising  consent and implementing 24/7 recruitment.

Now, Cardiff is consistently amongst top recruiting sites for many studies, with recruitment increasing from less than 45 patients per year in 2010 to a total in excess of 1,800 in the last five years. Moreover, it has been possible to attract a number of landmark trials including SPICE III (https://www.spicestudy.org/), SUP-ICU (http://www.sup-icu.com/), RGNOSIS (http://www.r-gnosis.eu/) and TTM. The Target Temperature Management (TTM) trial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 and has >900 citations to date, with an Altmetric score of 785 it is in the 99th centile of medical articles and was a major contributor to nationals and international consensus guidelines on post-resuscitation care.

I think that effectively communicating the importance of research in emergency medicine, including areas such as critical care, is extremely important. It has been shown to optimise opportunities for patients, relatives and healthcare professionals to participate in portfolio research."

Early Years Award

Dr Duncan Chambler, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:

“I have been a consultant for 18 months. In that time, I have taken on the role of principle investigator for my Trust to recruit to the SPICE 3 trial. This is a multi-national trial studying two strategies for achieving ideal sedation in critically ill patients. I must credit our research department staff Sarah Williams, Patricia Williams and Stephanie Dukes for guiding me through my first PI role – they’ve taught me a great deal about the CRN, assessing feasibility and the ethics of consent.

Secondly, I have been involved in web-blogging for the past three years alongside Steve Mathieu and David Slessor. The project, called The Bottom Line, produces a weekly critical appraisal of important research digested and summarised for busy clinicians. We now have around 1,500 hits per day and over 1,000 healthcare professionals subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

I’m delighted to win the award, which recognises how non-academic clinicians can engage in the conduct of research trials and the dissemination of research findings into clinical practice. I encourage other newly appointed consultants to engage with their Research and Innovation departments as they will become better clinicians as a consequence."

 

 

 

Winners 2016

Professor Paul Dark, NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Critical Care and Chair of the Judging Panel:

“Following the great success of these inaugural prizes, we look forward to developing the awards scheme further in partnership with the FICM and encourage NHS colleagues to consider applying in 2017.”

Established Clinicians Award

Dr Stephen Wright, at Newcastle University’s Freeman Hospital

Early Years Award
Dr James Plumb, ST6 at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust