Feature BMJ Group Improving Health Awards 2012: Excellence in Healthcare Education

Filling the gaps in learning

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3113 (Published 04 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3113
  1. Anne Gulland, freelance journalist
  1. 1London, UK
  1. annecgulland{at}yahoo.co.uk

Anne Gulland introduces the nominees shortlisted for the Excellence in Healthcare Education award

The projects in the excellence in healthcare education category share a common theme: all are imaginative solutions to gaps in training and education. These diverse finalists show a strong commitment to the importance of career long learning.

Headsmart campaign

Concerns over delays in diagnosis of childhood brain tumours led to Headsmart, a campaign to raise awareness of the condition among both parents and health professionals. The aim of the campaign, a collaboration between the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at Nottingham University, the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is to speed up the time taken to diagnose childhood brain tumours.

Childhood brain tumours can be difficult to diagnose, says Sophie Wilne, a consultant paediatric oncologist at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

“The initial symptoms are often non-specific and can occur with other more common and less serious childhood illnesses, and there is also lack of awareness among healthcare professionals that brain tumours do occur in children,” she says.

The campaign, at www.headsmart.org.uk, raises awareness of symptoms among the public and health professionals. It also helps health professionals in both primary and secondary …

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