CLINICAL RESEARCH: Plymouth Hospitals Trust’s research team has won a national award for promoting clinical research in the NHS.

The certificate from the National Institute for Health Research recognises the contribution of the team and their continued support in promoting clinical research in the NHS.

Research and development manager Lisa Vickers said: “We set out to improve the research culture at the trust to make it part of the core business for everyone. This included running research and development on true business principles, with key service level agreements for support services, as well as financial support for the effective delivery of research.”

She added: “As a result of our efforts, clinical trials which would not have previously been offered to the trust are now available at Derriford Hospital. Above all, the Trust now has a profile of a truly research active establishment, which acts to attract high-calibre staff. This is a significant benefit to patients in the South West, with a resulting improvement in their healthcare.”