Three RD&E teams shortlisted for national Nursing Times Awards

2 Sep 2021

Three teams at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) have been shortlisted for awards at the prestigious 2021 Nursing Times Awards.

The RD&E’s Research and Development team has been shortlisted twice in the Clinical Research Nursing category, and the Trust’s cancer team has been shortlisted in the Cancer Nursing category.

In the Clinical Research Nursing category, the RD&E has been shortlisted alongside NIHR Exeter Clinical Research and the University of Exeter Medical School, for work around the Royal Devon and Exeter Tissue Bank (RDETB).

The RDETB collects ‘spare’ tissue samples from patients for research, and has expanded to support a diverse range of specialties, including cancer, diabetes, vascular medicine, obstetrics, and COVID-19. This is made possible by a nurse-led research team, who identify areas of collaboration, then support teams through all stages of the project, from development to sample collection and storage.

Mr Malcolm Crundwell, Consultant Urologist, said: “Since setting up in 2001, we have far exceeded our original remit of facilitating biomedical research in urology, and as the founder and Clinical Director of the RDETB, I am delighted that these abilities have been recognised by the Nursing Times Award Shortlisting team.”

The RD&E and the University of Exeter Medical School have also been shortlisted in the same category for their innovative strategies to increase the engagement of clinical staff in research.

This includes starting the Chief Nurse Research Fellows programme, where clinical staff undertake bespoke research training to identify local clinical research priorities, setting up a nurse-led Embedding Research In Care (ERIC) unit to help with innovation, evaluation and research participation, and establishing a Clinical Academic Network to aid collaborative working.

Helen Quinn, Research and Development Director, said: “We know patients treated in research-active hospitals have better outcomes, which is why we’re committed to supporting our clinical staff to develop the skills and knowledge they need to progress their own research projects. We are delighted for all the staff who have worked so hard on these initiatives to be shortlisted this year.”

In the Cancer Nursing category, the RD&E has been shortlisted for its work in embedding a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach across the breast cancer pathway.

The Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) team, Breast Care Nurse Specialists, and FORCE cancer charity now work together to provide supported self-management for patients, allowing better understanding through holistic assessment and focus groups to deliver a tailored rehabilitation programme that supports weight management and healthy lifestyle.

Tina Grose, Lead Cancer Nurse, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s Nursing Times Awards for this amazing initiative. Providing quality care for patients outside the acute hospital setting is making a real difference to patients, not only in their approach to their healthcare, but also in their ability to manage the unintentional side effects of treatments.”

The 2021 Nursing Times Awards will take place on 27 October 2021.

From left to right: staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter Tissue Bank, Helen Quinn, and members of the breast cancer pathway

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