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Former PhD student wins British Journal of Nursing award

Dr Nick Castle wins innovation award for Olympic Games preparations at Southampton University Hospital and pre-deployment Ebola training
by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

A former City University London PhD student has won the innovation award at the recent British Journal of Nursing Awards for the clinical application of his PhD research.

Dr Nick Castle, a nurse consultant for resuscitation and emergency care at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, was nominated by Southampton University Hospital for preparing their Emergency Department for the Olympics and also by the Emergency Nursing Cadre of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps(QARANC) for his research supporting their pre-deployment Ebola training preparations. 

The work was based on his PhD thesis which explored how to adapt skills used to treatment critically ill patients while wearing bulky protective clothing.

Speaking about his research and the award Dr Castle said: “Over a period of 6 years I completed a series of research projects to ascertain how to treat patients following a chemical incident whilst wearing the newly issued NHS protective clothing. My research concentrated on how to adapt skills used to treatment critically ill patients while wearing bulky protective clothing. My research findings, and subsequent training programmes, were used to support hospitals preparing for the London Olympics as well as assisting with the preparation for treating infectious patients such as patients with Ebola. The work also culminated in the award of a PhD via prior publication.”

One of only a handful of UK institutions that offers people to study for a PhD via prior publication, Dr Castle chose to study at City University London as enabled an ideal way for clinicians with an established research publication portfolio, such as Dr Castle, to obtain a further degree.  

“I am thankful to City for having the foresight to support novel, new route PhD’s, which whilst popular in Europe are as yet not available in the wider UK university system. As with many healthcare professionals, who also complete research, my publications were aimed at dealing with an immediate problem following increasing national concern as to the ability of the NHS to treat patients following a chemical incident,” said Dr Castle.

Dr Castle currently hold two research fellowship posts, one as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey and another as an Honorary Research Fellow at Durban University of Technology, South Africa.  Most the data collection for his PhD was collected at Frimley Park Hospital, Durban in South Africa and at the University of Hertfordshire.

The British Journal Nursing Award for innovation is further endorsement by Dr Castle’s wider peers of the usefulness of the published studies, and will help with future funding opportunities as well as opening doors and providing access decision-makers.

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