Tootie Bueser, a cardiac genetic nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ was given the Early Career Researcher award at the recent NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) South London Annual Cardiovascular Research Awards.

Tootie was given the award to acknowledge her hard work in research and the example she sets to other potential researchers of what can be achieved.

Tootie said “I feel extremely privileged to receive the early career researcher award! I have seen how research done by nurses, midwives and allied professionals continually drives improvements in patient care and I hope this inspires more of us to pursue a clinical academic career”

Tootie is one of two nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ who were selected to join the prestigious NIHR 70@70 programme to promote nurse and midwife-led research across the country. She is also in the final year of an NIHR Fellowship, completing a PhD project on an intervention to support patients with an inherited cardiac condition.

The purpose of the awards ceremony was to recognise South London working as a network to increase patient accessibility to commercial and non-commercial research work.

The CRN South London is one of 15 networks in the UK. They provide the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in their local area, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.