The Critical Care Research Team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ won a research award at the Intensive Care Society Awards earlier in June 2021.

The Intensive Care Society awards celebrate excellence within the critical care profession. With more than 50 nominees across eight categories, the competition this year was fierce.

The team won the prestigious award for their excellent recruitment of patients to a number of COVID-19 and non-COVID studies.

The recruitment analysis and data gathered by the team will contribute towards the understanding and management of all critically unwell patients. It will continue to feed into the development of new treatments for and knowledge of COVID-19 in the future.

Gill Arbane, Research Manager said: “I’m very proud of our team – they are amazing. I am delighted that the team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ has been recognised for their hard work and commitment in their efforts to understand COVID-19 and make a substantial contribution towards developing treatments. We are grateful to be supported by the Critical Care and R&D departments within the Trust as well as our R&D Leads.

“These research studies were undertaken in challenging circumstances. The team has demonstrated significant resilience and flexibility. Many of our team supported critical care clinically, and we were grateful for a number of deployed staff to support data collection and input in a Covid- secure environment.

“The team adapted exceptionally well to fast-changing circumstances. This adaption to be able to run COVID-19 studies was phenomenal whilst being able to maintain some existing non-COVID studies. The Trust R&D team gave the research team a tremendous amount of support and really helped them to feel valued. Everyone was aware that well conducted research was the only way out of the pandemic.

“There was incredible teamwork across the Trust and directorates. We worked closely with clinical, research, governance and administrative teams at pace to deliver this result.”

ICS President, Dr Stephen Webb, said: “Research has always played a vital role in intensive care, and even more so, throughout the pandemic. The tremendous efforts from Gill and the team resulted in a record number of patients being recruited to the ISARIC and other UPH studies, and also enabled the development of a database of contacts that are eligible for non-COVID studies that could be used for future studies.

“We could not be more thrilled to celebrate the success of this work and we thank the entire team for their dedication and support, it will truly benefit the patients we care for”.

Watch a recording of the awards session.