RD&E nurse receives regional award in recognition of research contributions

19 Nov 2020

A research nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) has won a top award at the South West Research Awards.

Sarah Benyon, Senior Research Nurse at the RD&E, received the Research Nurse or Midwife Award for her work in supporting the research and development portfolio for the RD&E’s renal department.

The awards, held by the NIHR Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, are designed to recognise and celebrate those that go above and beyond in their commitment to research across the region.

Sarah was nominated for the award by her colleagues Dr Coralie Bingham and Dr Helen Clarke, who both work as Consultant Nephrologists at the RD&E.

Dr Bingham said: “Sarah is an outstanding nurse. She is always willing to take on new research studies and shows huge commitment to make them run successfully. She recognises the importance of research to improve the treatment options and the quality of life for renal patients who often face multiple medical challenges.”

Dr Clarke said: “Sarah’s fantastic personality and sense of humour mean she is able to develop great working relationships, not only with patients, which is vital in maintaining recruitment to research studies, but also with us.”

On receiving her award, Sarah said: “It is really lovely to be recognised with this award. I am very lucky to work with such hard-working and dedicated teams, both in the Renal Unit and in Research and Development. This award reflects their hard work as much as mine.”

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