Nurse awarded prestige grant

A NURSE based at a Sheffield hospital trust is one of only three in the country to be awarded a prestigious research grant for a project which could benefit thousands of patients.

Simon Palfreyman, a research nurse at the Northern General Hospital and an honorary lecturer with the University of Sheffield, has been granted a post-doctoral clinical research fellowship by the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

The award will allow Simon to conduct a three-year study into the impact of pressure ulcers on patients' quality of life and that of carers and families. Half his time will be spent researching and half treating patients.

The project will also see him develop questionnaires to directly measure the impact of treatments on patients.

Simon said: "Pressure ulcers are a source of real discomfort for patients when they occur, and they can really affect their quality of life. There are also knock-on effects for the people who look after them, both at hospital and at home.

"It's really important that we make sure we treat and prevent pressure ulcers as well as we possibly can and that's why I'm conducting this research. It has the potential to help thousands of patients, both in Sheffield and elsewhere. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try to improve patient care in this way."

Hilary Chapman, chief nurse/chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The award is indicative of the quality of staff we have working at trust."

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