Southmead consultant's research earns emergency medicine award

February 23 2018

A Southmead Hospital consultant has been named Emergency Medicine Principal Investigator of the Year (2018).

A Southmead Hospital consultant has been named Emergency Medicine Principal Investigator of the Year (2018). 

Dr Jason Kendall leads research in the hospital’s Emergency Department and received the honour from the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It was presented in recognition of his contribution to research in the field of emergency medicine throughout his career. Jason is in his 20th year at North Bristol NHS Trust, having worked for the organisation as a consultant since 1998.

He said his greatest achievement is a research project to develop an analgesic (painkiller) – intranasal diamorphine – which is used for children suffering with acute pain, such as that associated with a broken bone or abdominal problem. Jason first started working on the project to deliver the pain relief through the nose in 1997 and in 2016 it was finally licensed for use in paediatric patients. 

“It has been a career-long “labour of love”, but now intranasal diamorphine is used in most Emergency Departments in the UK,” Jason said. 

“It is probably the research project that I am most proud of.”

Jason has a particular clinical interest in acute cardiovascular and stroke care and, having been involved in research in these areas for many years, is currently the Chair of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guideline Committee on the Management of Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack.  

Jason said that seeing the results of research in Emergency Medicine is particularly satisfying as it often involves patients who are very unwell, such as those who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or trauma. 

“Although research in the Emergency Department can be challenging because patients present in crisis, the outcomes from this type of research are worth the effort because it can make an immediate positive impact on patient care,” Jason said.

Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of Research at North Bristol NHS Trust said: “We want to move the boundaries of emergency medicine forward and make patients better quicker by developing new drugs, new techniques and new processes of care.

“There is clear evidence across a range of conditions that research activity in acute English NHS Trusts is associated with better outcomes. At North Bristol NHS Trust we are committed to leading medical research, especially where it can have a direct impact on the patients we see and we are delighted to see Jason recognised for his outstanding contribution to research in an emergency setting. Well done Jason.”