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Alder Hey Shortlisted for Coveted UK Health Award

Alder Hey’s engagement work with children and young people taking part in clinical research has been shortlisted in the ‘Clinical Research Impact’ category at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The HSJ Awards, the most prestigious awards in UK health, will take place on the 19th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Being named as a finalist demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to becoming a world class centre for children’s research and development.

Engaging babies, children, young people and their families in research is challenging but essential for developing treatment options and improving future childhood health outcomes. Alder Hey already has a strong, active research portfolio and a vision of leading, pioneering translational research to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people locally, nationally and internationally. The hospital now ranks among the elite performing Trust’s in the UK for patient recruitment to clinical research. In 2012/13 Alder Hey recruited more children, young people and babies to research studies than any other paediatric trust, placing it in the top 15 performing NHS Trusts in England.

The Trust is a leader in research into paediatric research pharmacovigilance, hosts the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN), is the lead centre for the Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales MCRN and hosts the NIHR North West Primary Care Research Network. The first University Institute of Child Health in the UK was established at Alder Hey, striving to champion the health of children to reach their potential. It is still only one of two University Institutes of Child Health in the UK today. The Trust has research strengths in a number of areas benefitting children in the UK and worldwide including pharmacology and drugs, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, neurosciences, surgery and mental health.

Professor Matthew Peak, Director of Research at Alder Hey, said: “Being included on the shortlist for this year’s HSJ Awards is a fantastic achievement by the research team here at Alder Hey. We are cementing our position as a premier site for clinical research in the UK, with over 7,700 children and young people participating in research studies at the Trust in 2012/13.

“This latest achievement is a testament to the commitment of healthcare professionals and the research teams at Alder Hey to improve the quality of children’s healthcare and also to the generosity of children, young people and their families in Merseyside and beyond.”

The shortlisted organisations, chosen from a record number of entries will now complete presentations and interviews to category specific judging panels made up of 85 senior and influential figures from the health sector.

Alastair McLellan, Editor-in-Chief, HSJ, said: “I am delighted to announce the shortlist for the HSJ Awards 2013. Being shortlisted means that your organisation has been specifically chosen as a leader in innovation and best practice. We received a record number of entries for this, our 32nd year of the awards – a reflection of the pride health services and organisations have in their vital work. I look forward to meeting you all in November to unveil the HSJ Awards winners.”

For more information on the HSJ Awards click here.

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