Feature BMJ Group Awards

Secondary Care Team of the Year: The magic of teamwork

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2320 (Published 18 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2320
  1. Tony Delamothe, deputy editor
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. tdelamothe{at}bmj.com

This year’s judges for the award for secondary care team of the year were looking for initiatives in secondary care that improved patient outcomes. The winning team needed to have identified a clinical need, produced measurable improvements in outcomes that mattered to patients, and showed that a team was responsible for achieving the goal. The award was restricted to UK based secondary care teams whose initiatives had been evaluated since June 2009.

Despite these onerous entry requirements we received 47 entries from around the country. Three entries were shortlisted for consideration by our judging panel: John Black, president of the Royal College of Surgeons; Bernard Crump, chief executive of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement; and Jane Dacre, director of medical education, UCL Medical School. Two of the three teams had extended their activities beyond their original “patch.” The teams comprised members from many different professional silos and straddled the boundaries between primary care, secondary care, and the community—a testament to what is possible in the unreformed NHS.

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