Southern Health doctor recognised for outstanding leadership in research

29 September 2021
Dr Hermione Price, Consultant Diabetologist for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been commended by The National Institute for Health Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for her outstanding leadership in research. 

Hermione Price.jpgDr Price has been recognised for her significant contribution to diabetes research, having expanded her team and attracted a large amount of commercially sponsored research to the Wessex region, which covers Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. Her work has meant that participants are receiving cutting edge diabetes care from a team of expert researchers in the field. 

Developing the next generation of researchers is a part of the role that Dr Price particularly enjoys. She has supported fellow clinical researchers to complete their PhDs and is currently supervising three PhD students at universities in the Wessex region. She is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Southampton, sharing her knowledge and passion with students.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus, many members of Southern Health’s diabetes team were seconded to support COVID-19 vaccine research. Despite this, through the support and leadership of Dr Price, the team have been able to continue to work on their portfolio of diabetes research.

Looking ahead, Dr Price hopes to enhance the care of people living with diabetes by creating more opportunities for them to take part in research. Talking about her award, Dr Price said: "I am honoured to have received this award and to have been recognised for my work towards building diabetes research over the past seven years. I am proud to have embedded a culture of research within the clinical diabetes service and am confident that this will only continue.

“Thank you to my team for their incredible commitment to improving diabetes research and for rising to any challenges with great enthusiasm. It is humbling to be a part of such a fantastic team in a growing area of research.”

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam, Royal College of Physicians Academic Vice President, said: “It’s been a real privilege to witness the high level of research set by my colleagues and RCP is proud to be supporting them. Truly it’s a testament of how to embed research within clinical practice. Many congratulations.”

Clare Rook, Chief Operating Officer for NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex, said: “It is fantastic to have such dedicated and ambitious clinicians in our region. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Dr Price, thank you for all the work you do to drive diabetes research in Wessex.”

Dr Price will be presented her award on Wednesday 20 October at a special ceremony in London. 

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