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Pioneering healthcare research from MPFT and its academic partner Keele University has been commended in a successful night at a regional awards ceremony.

Researchers from MPFT and Keele University were commended for their work at the NIHR Clinical Research Network awards, which honour the work taking place across the NHS, public health and social care. Staff working across the partnership won the top prize in three categories, with Professor Toby Helliwell and Lucy Huckfield also being highly commended in their respective award categories.


  • Collaboration in Research award: SCREEN (Social Care Research Engagement Project)
  • Improvement Project of the Year award: STARS (Supporting The Advancement of Research Skills)
  • Team of the Year award: MPFT Research and Innovation team and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Highly commended:

  • Professor Toby Helliwell: Principal Investigator of the Year award
  • Lucy Huckfield: Collaboration in Research award

MPFT were also collaborators on the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement award won by Professor Tony Fryer, Keele University / University Hospital of North Midlands. 

Neil Carr (Chief Executive of MPFT) said "We are very proud of the fantastic research and innovation teams that we have here at MPFT and our strong partnership with Keele University. Research, innovation and development is an essential component of high quality health and social care and it’s great to see this work being recognised. I offer my congratulations to everyone involved."

Ruth Lambley-Burke (Head of Research and Innovation at MPFT) added "I am absolutely delighted that the hard work and innovative ideas of our team, colleagues and partners have been recognised. These achievements have only been possible with the full support and our partnership work with colleagues at Keele University."

Professor Christian Mallen (Head of Keele’s School of Medicine, and Director of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research) said "It is great to see the success of our teams recognised in this way. Our partnership with MPFT is incredibly important and these awards really demonstrate the importance of working in partnership. I’d like to congratulate all those nominated on their achievements."