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An opportunity to recognise the people, organisations and participants who helped deliver research and innovation in healthcare during the recent pandemic has been launched.

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2022 will be hosted by the Innovation Agency; Clinical Research Network North West Coast (CRN NWC); and Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC). Held annually since 2015 the awards return after a two-year break due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The event is a welcome opportunity to reward and acknowledge those involved in research during the last two years who have helped save thousands of lives through developing, delivering, participating in or applying an innovative idea or piece of research. Key areas which the awards cover include Covid-19 research, patient safety, public involvement and cross sector collaboration.

Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Phil Jennings said: “When it comes to research and innovation the North West Coast is a powerhouse. These awards are an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have worked tirelessly to reduce health inequalities and improve patient care despite the pandemic. I look forward to receiving nominations and meeting those who have made a real difference to life in the region and beyond.”

The awards have been boosted further with the support of the region’s two Integrated Care System organisations covering Cheshire and Merseyside and Lancashire and South Cumbria, who are sponsoring two new awards in the areas of sustainability and tackling health inequalities.

Twelve awards in total will showcase the best research and innovation from NHS organisations, industry and academic partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and other collaborators in health innovation.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 23rd June to be held in the region.

All teams and individuals shortlisted for an award will be able to attend the event. The 2022 awards categories are:

  • Innovation in Patient Safety
  • Innovation in Workforce Deployment
  • Culture for Innovation
  • Research Student of the Year
  • The Ruth Young Award for Research Implementation
  • Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
  • Research Delivery Team of the Year
  • Research Collaboration of the Year
  • Primary Care and Community Research Site of the Year
  • Tackling Health Inequalities Award
  • The 2022 Sustainability Award
  • The COVID 19 Research and Innovation Award

To enter applicants should visit www.nwcawards.co.uk, check the criteria of the award they are interested in and ensure their nomination is submitted before the deadline of 18th March.

Professor of General Practice at the University of Liverpool and Director of the ARC NWC, Dr Mark Gabbay, said the awards will also recognise those who continued with non-Covid research throughout the pandemic.

“We realise this has been a difficult time for individuals and organisations involved in research across the region, which is why we want recognise both covid and non-covid research. There are a lot of organisations across the North West who the award hosts have worked with during the pandemic to ensure the region maintained its capacity and capabilities within research. We hope many of these teams and individuals will consider entering the awards.”

Professor Enitan Carrol, Clinical Director of the Clinical Research Network: North West Coast, added: “Over fifty thousand people took part in research studies last year across many healthcare settings in the North West Coast. The awards present an opportunity to celebrate what our partners have achieved during the last 18 months, to ensure people across the patch have access to vital research. The awards event will be an opportunity to showcase the contribution partners have made to the delivery of healthcare in this region.”