Annual recognition of our rising research stars

5 December 2023

Congratulations to the winners and presenters at this year’s Annual Research Showcase (ARS) held at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

Now in its 17th year the ARS is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible research undertaken by NMAHPP staff (nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, pharmacy staff and psychologists) across the Heart, Lung and Critical Care group at our hospitals.

There was a myriad of projects this year including the care of pregnant women with congenital heart disease, virtual pulmonary rehabilitation and the use of Artificial Intelligence in the diagnosis of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.

The event was held on Tuesday 28 November 2023, and Gemma Stanford, specialist physiotherapist in adult cystic fibrosis, was invited to give a keynote speech, where she shared her journey into research, her motivations and advice for fellow colleagues.

The competition attracted some excellent projects, and two individuals were specially selected by judges to be presented at the event: Rasleen Kahai, respiratory dietitian at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, and Jessica Collins, pharmacist at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Rasleen presented her work around the experiences of allied health professionals (AHP) from ethnic minority backgrounds progressing in their careers. Her work on this has led to the establishment of an AHP specific Equality, Diversity & Inclusion steering committee aimed at reducing some of these barriers and improving the experience for ethnic minority AHP staff.

Jessica presented her work on the adherence to safe insulin prescribing, administration and storage in a vascular ward where she concluded that consolidated guidance is needed for safe prescribing, administration and storage of insulin.

Poster submissions were judged by key members of senior staff including Professor Michael Polkey, consultant chest physician, Geraldine Sloane, research nurse manager, Dr Deborah Ford, consultant clinical psychologist, Fiona Cathcart, associate director of rehab and therapies, Professor Suzanne Bench, director of nursing: nurse and midwife led research and Thomas Burgoyne, senior ciliary function scientist.

The judges were tasked with choosing winners in three categories: Most Innovative, Greatest Patient Benefit and Early Career Researcher.

There were also two other awards up for grabs; Director’s Choice, selected by Haifa Lyster (consultant pharmacist and Harefield CRF lead) and Staff Favourite, which was voted for by staff. All the winners are listed below.

The winners

Most Innovative: Zander Williams, pulmonary exercise physiology research fellow, for his poster titled “Feasibility of Continuous Bronchoscopy During Exercise in the assessment of large airway movement in healthy subjects”.

Greatest Patient Benefit: Carmel Stock, research associate, for her poster titled “Serum C-reactive protein is associated with earlier mortality across different Interstitial Lung Diseases”.

Early Career Researcher: Parris Williams, research fellow, for her poster titled “Immediate smoking cessation support during lung cancer screening: long term outcomes from two randomised controlled trials”.

Staff Favourite: Hajar Habibi, lead nurse for adult congenital heart disease service, for her poster titled “Delivering effective care to pregnant women with congenital heart disease in a joint cardiac obstetric clinic by a multidiscipline team: Individualised pregnancy care”.

Director’s Choice: Timothy Jenkins, specialist physiotherapist, for his poster titled “The metabolic cost of inspiratory muscle training in mechanically ventilated patients”.

Timothy Jenkins was also invited to speak at the Heart, Lung and Critical Care Clinical Group staff forum on Wednesday 6 December to talk about his research.

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