Elderly care doctor wins second national award

Pictured: Consultant Physician and Specialty Lead for Ageing at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands

A Consultant Physician at UHNM is amongst the winners of the recently announced National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Awards. Dr Amit Arora has been working with the Network to expand ageing research in the region. Since he has been in post, the number of participants in relevant studies has significantly increased, from just two in 2015/16 to over 900 in the last two years.

Dr Arora, Consultant Physician and Specialty Lead for Ageing at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands, said: "I am delighted to have been recognised for the work I have done, which includes a notable increase in those taking part in research in care homes. We are now one of the top regions in the UK and collaboration between the NHS, academia and social care regionally has developed hugely.

"I hope that my winning this award will encourage many other clinicians into becoming research active. This award is a testament to all those I work with and I am extremely grateful for the support they have offered to me. I am truly grateful and humbled by this award."

The awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research. It is the second time that Dr Arora has won this award.

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director at CRN WM, says: "We are absolutely thrilled for Dr Arora. The engagement of NHS physicians in research is essential for sustaining clinical success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources."