Message from Mersey Care Star Award winner Oladayo

Mental health nurse and academic Dr Oladayo Bifarin had a special message for his colleagues after being presented with the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Research Achievement Award.

Oladayo was recognised at Mersey Care’s annual Star Awards at Anfield Stadium on 24 November for his passion for encouraging staff in all roles to get involved in research, embodying Mersey Care’s values of continuous quality improvement and striving for perfect care.

A registered mental health nurse, Oladayo is the Research Effectiveness Lead for Mersey Care and a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Liverpool John Moores University.

For the Mental Health Research for Innovation Centre (M-RIC) as well as Mersey Care, Oladayo is leading on plans to engage more non-medical staff in research, such as nursing, allied health professionals and admin staff; and on a project to increase research involvement by service users.

Oladayo said: “We need more nurses and other staff to get involved in research – this is in line with the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s strategic plan for research.

“There is so much potential in our wider staff to contribute to making services better for our patients and service users and I would urge all colleagues to think about how they can make a difference by actively seeking opportunities for service improvement – and getting involved in research.”

Mersey Care Assistant Chief Executive Alison Walshe (pictured with Oladayo), who presented the award, said: “Oladayo is an incredible human being. Hard-working, dedicated, compassionate and empathic; we are fortunate to work alongside him.

“He instils a sense of confidence for the integral place of our clinical staff within research and innovation and undoubtedly, we are witnessing a future senior leader within Mersey Care.”