Sexual health professionals were recently recognised for their significant role in infectious diseases research in the East of England.
Representatives from the integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) service and research team, provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS), received an award for ‘greatest improvement in recruitment’. The award, given at the First Eastern Clinical Research Network Infection and Immunology Symposium, celebrates the number of iCaSH patients involved in studies that aim to ultimately improve their care.
This follows the involvement of iCaSH in supporting the delivery of three National Institute of Health Research Portfolio studies over the last two years, such as 'Safetxt' (sponsored by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), 'PrEP Impact Trial' (sponsored by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital), 'Positive Voices' (sponsored by Public Health England).
Dr Nelson David, consultant at iCaSH Norfolk, joined Samantha Nunn, Research Facilitator, to receive the award. He said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised for our hard work across iCaSH promoting infectious diseases research. We know that studies like these have the potential to translate into real benefits to our patients, and we look forward to supporting further
NIHR research studies in future.”
Across CCS NHST, research activity like this is essential to improving patient care, advancing the evidence base for clinical practice, and increasing the profile of our services. Find out more about Trust research activities by following @CCSNHSResearch, checking out our research page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.