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Researchers come together to share best practice at Hounslow and Richmond

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Researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals shared ideas, reflected on best practice and showcased their work at a Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust study day.

The Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Study Day: The Power to Make The Difference, which marked International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD), saw a range of speakers give presentations on quality improvement and research. The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Clinical Research Network South London (CRN) and the Health Innovation Network (HIN) gave advice to attendees about how to create a research culture.

Speakers included Hounslow and Richmond Senior Physiotherapist Alex Da Costa, who spoke about the Older Person’s Fellowship he took at King’s College London. Anju Jaggi, from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, discussed how to create a research and delivery culture, while CRN South London Deputy Chief Operating Officer Clare Meachin talked about research funding opportunities and career prospects for AHPs.

The annual ICTD celebrations mark the work of James Lind who held the first clinical trial in 1747 on board the HMS Salisbury when he experimented with different remedies for helping 12 men with scurvy. The Scottish Physician found that sailors given citrus fruits made an impressive recovery compared to the other treatments.

Kat Brown, Research, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Manager at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said ICTD was the perfect opportunity to shout about how research and innovation is essential in ensuring the provision of high quality healthcare for patients.

She said: “The Trust has a real passion for continual improvement and innovation and we strive to deliver the best possible care to patients. Research and innovation are essential elements in ensuring the provision of high quality healthcare, and it is the enthusiasm and dedication of staff from across Hounslow and Richmond to deliver this care for patients and their families that will lead to this organisation building its research profile.

“International Clinical Trials Day provides an opportunity where professionals can take time out to share ideas, reflect on their practice and collaborate on their work with colleagues and researchers from elsewhere.

“There was a varied range of presentations from internal speakers showcasing the educational and quality improvement projects recently undertaken, and speakers discussed their own research experiences.

“We were also given advice on how to create a research culture, how to find National Institute for Health Research tools and how we can all draw on the wider research community we are a part of for help and support.

“I’d like to say thank you to the Trust board and our Chief Executive, Patricia Wright, for supporting and attending the event, which shows that research is a high priority within our organisation. I’d also like to thank Lisa Whiteman and Nicky Cross for organising the day.”

CRN South London Deputy Chief Operating Officer Clare said she was impressed by the high levels of engagement and turnout for the study day.

She said: “I’d like to congratulate the Trust for putting on an excellent AHP study day. Research is vital in developing new treatments and therapies and this study day highlighted the potential benefits for patients in Hounslow and Richmond.

“In the NHS’s seventieth year it is even more important that we shout about the benefits and impact research has had and will continue to have on people’s lives.