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RBFT scoops four awards in one night

Dr Liza Keating and the Quality Time Team

Staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have swept the floor at the Thames Valley Health Research Awards on 12 October 2016 by scooping four awards. 


The Awards took place at the University of Oxford and recognise the outstanding contribution to improving health research opportunities for patients across the region by four members of the Trust staff, based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


The Thames Valley Health Research Awards are a new initiative by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands.  It recognises those who have made a significant contribution to deliver health research in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. 


The four awards were:

Outstanding Contribution to Portfolio Research: Dr Liza Keating

Dr Keating is a consultant sharing her time between the emergency department and intensive care unit at the RBH.  She has made an outstanding contribution to NIHR Portfolio research in the urgent care setting. Dr Keating leads by example and works hard to foster a culture of research, helping and encouraging the research team around her. She facilitates the thoughtful planning and efficient implementation of research studies, involving patients and staff.

Innovation in Patient and Public Involvement: Quality Time Study Team

Quality Time is a research study based in the RBH Emergency Department (ED). It uses a qualitative methodology called Experience-based Co Design which gathers the experiences of the ED from a patient, carer and staff perspective and they work together as equals to co-design improvements in the delivery of healthcare.

Best Green Shoots Research: Stroke Research Team

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Stroke Research team have developed a balanced portfolio of stroke studies over a number of years and have enrolled more than 1,500 patients in research, which has allowed patients to gain access to novel drug therapies or cardiac pathways and feedback has always been hugely positive.

Research Champion: Atul Kapila

Dr Kapila , Consultant Anaesthetist  at the Trust has taken on local and national lead investigator roles for numerous Phase II – IV trials. He is also the co-lead for the Thames Valley and South Midlands Anaesthetics, peri-operative medicine and pain speciality group, and is Research and Development Director at the Trust.


Trust Chief Executive, Jean O’Callaghan said: “This is terrific news. These well-deserved accolades recognise the fantastic work our staff do to nurture and grow the strong research culture at the Trust.


“We have an extremely good reputation for research here at the Royal Berks, and have just formed the new Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit (TVCTU) with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Reading.


“Congratulations to all involved.”

October 2016



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