Hywel Dda University Health Boards Respiratory Medicine and Research and Development department won the Research Excellence in the NHS award on Tuesday night at the MediWales Innovation awards.
The winning project, LungCAST, has the largest cohort in the world looking at the effects of smoking after a lung cancer diagnosis on survival, quality of life and treatment complications.
We know that 85% of lung cancer diagnoses are caused by smoking, and researchers in this study believe that smoking after diagnosis may affect the course of the condition. The research could help to support patients through specialist smoking cessation advice, to improve quit rates leading to an increase in survival rates.
Dr Keir Lewis, Health and Care Research Wales respiratory specialty lead, and Dr Rachel Gemine, grant and innovation manager at the Health Board, accepted the award presented by Health and Care Research Wales and the GX group at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Rachel said: “We are honoured to win the Research Excellence Award. Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer and can affect patient outcomes and response to treatment. Our dedicated service has been developed in partnership with Swansea University, Public Health Wales and the Wales Cancer Network to support quit attempts and help improve survival in patients with cancer.
“We would like to express our gratitude to all the patients and staff across the UK who have been involved in these studies and thank you to MediWales for the recognition of their hard work and dedication.”
Carys Thomas, Joint Interim Director of Health and Care Research Wales, said: “It’s great to see recognition of the excellent research undertaken daily to improve the lives of patients in Wales. Health and Care Research Wales are delighted to have been an Award Partner for ‘Research Excellence in the NHS at this year’s innovation awards.'
“Congratulations to the team at Hywel Dda University Health Board.“
Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation team also won the NHS Collaboration with Industry award, for their developed the Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation (VIPAR) service to connect lung rehabilitation services to local village halls and community independent living centres via video conferencing.
Look out for more information on the LungCAST project in the next issue of the @ResearchWales magazine, coming out next week.