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Health and Care Research Wales’ highlights of 2018 – what a year!

Health and Care Research Wales’ highlights of 2018 – what a year!

30 January 2019

2018 was another amazing year for Health and Care Research Wales. From team awards and events, to recruitment and innovation, there was plenty to celebrate in research all over Wales.

Just before Christmas, we asked all parts of Health and Care Research Wales to provide us with one of their key achievements of 2018. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing them on our Twitter using the hashtag #ResearchHighlights18. If you’ve missed any of our #ResearchHighlights18, you can read them all here:

“The Research & Delivery team are proud of the introduction and development of the newly posted primary care research nurses; who have worked hard and excelled in becoming the highest recruiters to a primary care study in Wales."

 - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

"PocketMedic in collaboration with Dr Sam Rice of Prince Philip Hospital in Hywel Dda University Health Board was given a commendation in the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards 2018. Dr Sam Rice is the DRU Cymru work package lead for 'Self-management of Diabetes' theme."

- Diabetes Research Unit (DRU) Cymru

“We are extremely proud that as a team we have achieved over 150 research publications during the last year, providing an evidence base for population health policies, services and interventions.”

- National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR)

"Our biggest achievement has been the launch of our PARC-Bangor patient and public involvement database. It gathered momentum throughout the latter half of 2018 since its launch at the 'Have Your Say!' event in June. Two face-to-face meetings have been held and we now have 11 registered members, five of whom have already contributed to proposal development for studies in development."

- North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health & Social Care (NWORTH)

“One of our ‘proud team’ moments from this year would be getting nominated for the Nursing Times Awards 2018. We were nominated, alongside Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for the Clinical Research Nursing Award for: First in Wales cellular therapy clinical research collaboration. We may not have won the award but it has given us a great sense of achievement as a team. We felt very proud to be recognised for our work and it has inspired us to get nominated again in the future."

- Clinical Trials Unit, Velindre Cancer Centre

"We are proud of how we have linked with the newly established Powys Innovation Hub, to progress good ideas from staff members. We also took the lead for the 'Stroke in Young Adults - Metabolic and Mechanical Cost of Walking' research study with Hannah Jarvis."

Powys Teaching Health Board

“Dr Carolyn Wallace’s development and joint chairing of the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network with the WCVA. It includes 220 members and 3 communities of practice across Wales to develop the critical evidence and research capacity across sectors. It has been adopted by RCE Cymru (Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales) to support its social prescribing circle of interest.”

- PRIME Centre Wales

“Professor Duncan Baird won the People’s Choice at the Cardiff University Innovation awards earlier this year for a diagnostic test that predicts the aggressiveness of common types of cancer. That was a very proud moment.”

- Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC)

Carys Thomas and Michael Bowdery, interim co-directors of Health and Care Research Wales said:

“Many thanks to everyone who has played a part this year in ensuring we are in a strong position to achieve our vision of Wales being internationally recognised for its excellent health and social care research that has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.”

Have you got a #ResearchHighlight18 you would like to share? Join in on Twitter by using the hashtag.