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19 October 2021

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals shortlisted for award for pioneering role in Oxford vaccine development

Clinical research teams at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a British Medical Journal (BMJ) award for their leading role in the research behind the development of the Oxford Vaccine.

The team have been put forward for the prestigious award as part of collective group of all of the study sites in the UK which were involved in the development of the vaccine. The nomination is for the clinical leadership category, which recognises a team that exemplifies the qualities of clinical leadership, requiring ideas and enthusiasm and often by doing things differently.

The pioneering study, in partnership with the University of Sheffield and supported by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and many other NHS organisations across South Yorkshire, assessed how well the vaccine could generate an effective immune response against COVID-19 in a wide range of people. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was the second highest recruiter outside of Oxford to the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial.

Dr Tom Darton, Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Florey Advanced Clinical Fellow at the University of Sheffield said: “We are delighted to have been at the forefront of the national effort against COVID-19 in Sheffield. Many of us working on this study have been caring for patients with COVID-19 since cases were first detected in the UK and so being able to contribute to vaccine development and disease prevention in this way has been extremely rewarding.”

Professor Simon Heller, Director of Research and Development for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am immensely proud of the teams nominated for this award. They have all worked tirelessly on this hugely important research in response to the pandemic, and have contributed enormously to our understanding of the disease and the development of new vaccines and treatments. Being recognised in this way is very much deserved.”

The BMJ Awards are the UK’s leading medical awards and recognise and celebrate the extraordinary innovative work of healthcare teams across the UK, and each year highlights the best teamwork the NHS has to offer.

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