Rebecca Pritchard scoops CRN award


    Rebecca Pritchard


    Rebecca Pritchard who plays a “crucial role” in helping the Leicester public understand medical research has been presented with a prize at this year’s CRN awards ceremony.

    The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Manager was recognised in the Continuous Improvement/Innovation category.

    Her contribution ensures research remains democratic and relevant to the reality of the patient experience of ill health. Rebecca said:


    “I really did not expect to win, especially when I saw the work which has been produced by the other people who had been nominated in the same category.


    “To have your hard work recognised by your colleagues is hugely rewarding and it was a very proud moment, but there is a whole team of people who also help make what I do happen and it would not be right if I didn’t mention them too.”

    Professor Melanie Davies CBE, who is the Director of the Leicester-Loughborough Diet BRU as well as a Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said:


    “It was wonderful to see Rebecca’s hard work recognised as she has shown true commitment to her work.


    “Rebecca’s role is crucial in taking the lead and allowing us to understand the barriers that patients and the public have in getting involved in research. Her approach to her work is truly pioneering for us as a centre and the wider biomedical research community in the UK and we are honoured to have her as part of our team.”

    The East Midlands Clinical Network Research (CRN) awards took place last month in Nottingham. The winners received a crystal trophy and the runners-up were given a framed certificate. The NIHR BRUs undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.



    Notes to editors 

    • For further details, to arrange an interview or more photographs, email oliver.jelley@ojpr.co.uk or call 07803 003811 or 01604 882342. http://www.ll.dlpa.bru.nihr.ac.uk
    • The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) is funded by the NIHR. By harnessing the power of experimental science we will explore and develop innovative lifestyle interventions to help prevent and treat chronic disease for the benefit of all. The BRUs undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.
    • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit http://www.nihr.ac.uk.
    • The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti. Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, working with the city and county Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is a leading applied health .