DBTH Star Awards 2018: Teaching Hospital Research Award

This year’s celebration event will take place on Thursday 20 September at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.  Hosting the event, and back by popular demand, is Look North’s Harry Gration.

This award is in recognition of individuals who have shown commitment to research. As an organisation, we depend upon the innovative and industrious use of cutting-edge science for the benefit of patients. This is an accolade to recognise members of the team that go above and beyond in bringing forth the best new ideas.

These are truly the innovative heroes which help to us to become outstanding in all we do.

Meet the nominees:

Julie Bury, Senior Physiotherapist

In her role as research fellow, Julie has been increasing research capacity for nurses and leading positive change in research culture. She has supported members of staff to embark on clinical academic careers through research awareness sessions and acting as a point of contact for those with research ideas. Julie is working on building research capacity in the Trust and has established patient and public involvement in future research projects. Julie has written for a number of publications and continues to maintain her clinical practice offering optimal care to patients and leading clinical developments in the treatment of shoulder injuries.

Rachel Codling, Senior Research Management and Governance Administrator

Rachel is invaluable to DBTH as a senior research administrator. She is meticulous in everything she does and has a keen eye for detail that ensures she delivers quality work time and time again. Rachel is always mindful that, even though she may not see them every day, everything she does is for the benefit of our patients. Rachel is integral to the Research service and her contributions ensure that we can offer our patients different treatment options, increasing patient choice and enhancing patient experience.

Su McIlwaine, Hand Specialist Occupational Therapist

Su is extremely experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about her area. During a research internship, Su was approached to take part in a national research project to investigate the effectiveness of thumb splints. As part of the project, Su is required to recruit at least two patients a month to the trial. Sue carried out additional promotional work and networking with consultants and local GPs as potential referrers to secure the numbers needed for the trial.

To date, Su has recruited 22 patients onto the trial and is the first DBTH Occupational Therapist to be involved in research at this level. Occupational Therapy has previously had limited opportunities to be involved in research but Su is keen to encourage others to develop research skills and contribute to studies.

This award is proudly sponsored by our partners at Sheffield Hallam University.