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Dedicated Amos scoops Windrush research award

15 June 2018
A children’s cancer expert at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) was recognised at the NHS Windrush70 awards for his contributions to research and policy development.

Dr Amos Burke, a consultant paediatric oncologist at CUH since 2004, picked up the award at a ceremony in Manchester on Tuesday, which formed part the 70th anniversary of the NHS celebrations.

Dr Amos Burke receives his award at the NHS70 Windrush awardsDr Burke has made huge contributions to improving the lives of children with cancer through his clinical work at CUH and research and policy development with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), where he has had a national leadership role since 2011 and is currently National Speciality Lead for Children and Young People’s Cancer.

From 2012-2015 he also served on the Paediatric Cancer Services Clinical Reference Group (CRG) of NHS England, chairing the group in 2015 before it was merged with another CRG.

He helped CUH’s Paediatric Oncology department become the first in the UK to receive international accreditation by the British Standards Institute* for high quality care.  He also won accreditation to deliver early phase studies of children at CUH with relapsed disease.

His leadership at CUH enabled the launch in 2013 of a pioneering rehabilitation service for children with brain cancer with the support of charities including Anna’s Hope, Tom’s Trust, Camille’s Appeal and Joshua Tarrant Trust. 

The service, named Brainbow, has helped hundreds of children reach their potential and become a national exemplar of the support children with brain cancer should receive.

On receiving the award, Dr Burke said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award for my research and development work at CUH and for NIHR CRN. 

“I am very grateful to our medical director, associate director of workforce and equality and diversity lead for the kind and unexpected nomination, as well as to all those who voted. 

“This award fittingly recognises the contribution of a generation of men and women who came from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and beyond and worked tirelessly to build the NHS that we enjoy today  

“The celebration was a wonderful, demonstration of commitment to valuing the contributions to the NHS of those of us who are the product of the Windrush generation and all staff in the NHS, regardless of their heritage.”