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Going above and beyond to improve mental health research

Kate Hodges with her award

Congratulations to Kate Hodges, Community Psychiatric Nurse for winning the 'Above and Beyond' award at the recent Clinical Research Network East Midlands Research Awards 2017-18.  Kate is part of the clinical research team at the NIHR Clinical Research Network - East Midlands, based at the Institute of Mental Health, that recruits patients and participants to enable new clinical research trials to take place within Nottinghamshire.  Kate won the award for her commitment and enthusiasm.

Kate’s work within her area of mental health for older people has provided a notable impact on the team’s ability to recruit patients and carers to dementia research. Getting involved in research can benefit participants’ quality of life, and help them to live well, as well as contribute to best practice.

Dr Kaela Stevenson Portfolio Research Delivery Manager, Nottinghamshire Healthcare, commended Kate’s win:  “Kate always puts her patients and carers first and her contribution is much greater than simple recruitment figures; people she has recruited hold her in the highest regard and this regard continues throughout the research process with many wishing to make further contributions and become increasingly involved and engaged.”

Kate was delighted to receive the award at the recent award ceremony in Nottingham:  “I was delighted to receive the award for me personally and also for my team and the Institute of Mental Health, to be recognised for the work we all do.  

“I think research is a very positive thing to get involved in, it does make people feel valued, their voices are heard and that is at the heart of our Trust’s purpose.”

Photo courtesy of NIHR Clinical Research Network: East Midlands



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