Thursday 31 August 2023

Two clinicians from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) are among 15 outstanding individuals announced today by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), part of Health Innovation Manchester, as Honorary Clinical Chairs for 2023.

The MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs are awarded on an annual basis by The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Promotions Committee. They are awarded to individuals from across Greater Manchester who have made a major contribution to their clinical specialty, including excellence in research and education.

Dr Ben Parker, Co-Director of the NIHR Manchester CRF and Prof Raja Padidela, Deputy Medical Director at the NIHR Manchester CRF at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) are new MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs for 2023.

MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs 2023

Dr Ben Parker

Doctor Ben Parker

Prof Raja Padidela

Professor Raja Padidela

As an Academic Health Science Centre, MAHSC is designated by NHS England and NIHR for demonstrating excellence in health research, health education and patient care. In April 2020, MAHSC was designated for a further five years until 2025 in recognition of the exceptional and world-leading health research partnership between the Greater Manchester’s NHS and academic organisations.

Manchester CRF is the largest and most comprehensive NIHR CRF in the UK, operating in six facilities based at NHS teaching hospitals across Greater Manchester, providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in research.

Dr Jonathan Massey, Health Innovation Manchester’s Programme Director for Academia, said:

“These Honorary Clinical Chairs are awarded by The University of Manchester to recognise the significant contributions that each of these eminent individuals has made towards the goals of our AHSC to excel in health and care research, education, and the patient experience. Congratulations to them all.”

Dr Parker is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Prof Padidela is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at RMCH, both of which are part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.