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Triumph for George Eliot Hospital at West Midlands Clinical Research Network Awards 2022

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Dr Sam George, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensive Care at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, showcased how the Trust was at the forefront of improving patient care during at a celebratory event held in Birmingham to recognise the exceptional clinical research carried out in the West Midlands.

Dr George received the prestigious award of Principal Investigator of the Year for his exceptional work as Principal Investigator for RECOVERY Trial at George Eliot Hospital. 

Dr George’s was heralded as the gold standard by the Clinical Research Network for his commitment to supporting the research team and dedication to recruiting for as many patients as possible for access to trial treatments for Covid-19. 

He has also recognised for encouraging less senior clinicians to embrace research as learning opportunities, including assigning research ambassadors and champions. It was said that Dr George has shown care and compassion to his patients, the ITU Team and the R&D team alike. 

On collecting his award Dr George said: “This award is not just for me, I would like to thank the George Eliot Hospital Research Department, the Critical Care team, the AMU team and Respiratory team for making this possible.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has helped to drive the RECOVERY trial, a vital part in helping our patients throughout the pandemic, this award is a testimony to our teamwork with passion and compassion in unprecedented times.

The RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) Trial is an internationally leading clinical trial to test the effects of potential drug treatments for patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19. 

Champion fundraiser ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley was a special guest at the awards, which are now in their seventh year.

The Network’s Clinical Director, Professor Matthew Brookes, said: “The aim of this event is to celebrate the wide range of high-quality clinical research taking place right across our region, and it was great to see so many different organisations, as well as Primary Care, represented amongst the winners.

‘The standard of entries was very high again, giving the judges a real challenge. We congratulate all the winners and those who were highly commended.”


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