Stephanie Ridgway, a Macmillan Nurse at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been named as Research Nurse of the Year at the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2014.
Clinical research staff from Greater Manchester hospital Trusts and GPs surgeries celebrated excellence in health care research on Thursday 30 October at the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2014 ceremony. The Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network sponsored the event which was held in Manchester city centre and saw health researchers awarded for their efforts across 13 categories, including: lifetime achievement, research team of the year and research nurse of the year.
Stephanie Ridgway said, “I didn’t even know I had been nominated until a few days before the event. I wasn’t expecting to win, however I am really pleased to have won Research Nurse of the Year. I love my job and feel extremely proud to work at Tameside Hospital. I would say that my success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of the cancer teams and putting the patient first.”
Karen James, Chief Executive, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said “We are delighted that Stephanie has won this outstanding award. Her passion and endless hours of dedication to cancer research is exemplary. She is a great asset to the hospital and we are proud to have her as part of the Tameside team.”
Chief operating officer of the Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester, Debbie Vinsun, said: “Clinical research provides the evidence we need to improve treatments for patients, and having a strong research culture helps to create a strong health service. By providing more opportunities for patients to consider research alongside their other treatment options, we can contribute towards a healthier Greater Manchester. The research awards provide a great way to recognise and reward some of the people and teams who make health care research in our region so successful and dynamic.”