Rosie Reece-Anthony, one of our critical care research nurses, has won the Time and Target award at the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) South London Clinical Research Awards.
She worked tirelessly to recruit more patients than expected to important clinical research trials, even competing with larger Trusts such as King’s, who have far more critical care beds than University Hospital Lewisham.
Martine Rooney, Critical Care Matron at UHL, commented: “Rosie was up against some very tough competition. It is a fabulous achievement for Rosie and great for critical care at the Trust. Well done to Rosie for all her hard work!”
Rosie’s work doesn’t stop when she’s on leave – she's been able to motivate the entire unit to get involve in research. She supports colleagues to consent and randomise patients for clinical trials rewarding them with a stamp on 'research loyalty cards' when they refer a patient. Six referrals means one free coffee from the coffee shop.
She's even produced quick video guides to help staff complete charts in a way that makes on-going study delivery easier, which improves the quality of the data we collect and our reputation as a research site in London.
As one of the Trust's top achieving research nurses, Rosie has mentored new research nurses, both in the Trust and externally.
ICU is a challenging environment to conduct research in, patients are extremely unwell and it's a distressing time for families. To improve outcomes for these patients it's vital that we work with them and their families in order to better understand treatment options and outcomes for this vulnerable group.
By offering more research opportunities to patients, including novel treatments and therapies, we will improve outcomes for patients. Being involved in trials also builds the knowledge of the staff in critical care, enabling them to make their informed clinical decisions based on the latest evidence.
Rosie's passion and enthusiasm for research has led to her to develop her own research idea to support patients with their recovery. She's developing a protocol, working closely with consultants and the physiotherapy team to design the study.
Congratulations to our other shortlisted staff
Congratulations also to Dr Maggie Nyirenda, Amy Collins, Stephen Kegg, Maternity’s POPPIE trial and Jackie Moulla, who were shortlisted for their research work at these prestigious awards.