Kate Hodges receiving her award

A nurse from the NIHR Clinical Research Network - East Midlands, based at the Institute of Mental Health, has had her dedication and hard work recognised with a recent award win.


Kate Hodges, Community Psychiatric Nurse with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is part of the clinical research team that recruit patients and participants to enable new clinical research trials to take place within Nottinghamshire. At the recent Clinical Research Network East Midlands Research Awards 2017-18, Kate won the “Above and Beyond” award for her commitment and enthusiasm.

Kate’s work within her area of mental health for older people has provided a notable impact on the team’s ability to recruit patients and carers to dementia research. Getting involved in research can benefit participants’ quality of life, and help them to live well, as well as contribute to best practice.

Dr Kaela Stevenson Portfolio Research Delivery Manager, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, commended Kate’s win:

“Kate always puts her patients and carers first and her contribution is much greater than simple recruitment figures; people she has recruited hold her in the highest regard and this regard continues throughout the research process with many wishing to make further contributions and become increasingly involved and engaged.”

Kate was delighted to receive the award at the recent award ceremony in Nottingham:

“I was delighted to receive the award for me personally and also for my team and the Institute of Mental Health, to be recognised for the work we all do.  

“I think research is a very positive thing to get involved in, it does make people feel valued, their voices are heard and that is at the heart of our Trust’s purpose.”