Finalists are announced for The BMJ Awards 2014

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1754
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Surgeons in Northumbria who trained surgeons in Tanzania in laparoscopic techniques, and gastroenterologists in London who shortened patients’ wait for gastrointestinal tests through a GP “straight to test” service, are among the diverse range of medical teams to make the list of finalists for The BMJ Awards 2014, held in association with the medical defence union MDDUS.

This year more than 400 entries were received for the awards, which are now in their sixth year—a 30% increase on 2013, when the number of entries was just under 300.1 The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 59 who will go on to the final stage. For the first time this will involve face to face interviews and peer review.

The winners will be announced on 8 May at a prestigious ceremony in London, along with the recipient of a lifetime achievement award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.

The categories for 2014 include team awards for cancer care, diabetes, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, surgery, primary care, emergency medicine, education, and clinical leadership. Other awards include research paper of the year and innovation in healthcare.

This year there is also a special patient safety team award to mark Don Berwick’s recent review of the NHS. The finalists include Victoria’s Legacy—a campaign by Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust underpinned by a series of pledges on safety and transparency, which was conceived after the death of Victoria Harrison as a result of failure to rescue after a laparoscopic appendectomy.

The awards are supported by a range of sponsors, including the Health Foundation, BUPA, Univadis, the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, and the General Medical Council.

The full list of finalists is given in the box.

Finalists for The BMJ Awards 2014

Berwick Patient Safety Team, sponsored by the Health Foundation
  • The Christie Patient Safety Committee, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

  • Enhancing Patient Safety in Maternity Care, The Perinatal Institute

  • Pursuing Zero by Building Sustainable Foundations for Safety, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation NHS Trust

  • Patient Safety Team, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

  • Victoria’s Legacy, Kettering Hospital Foundation Trust

Judges: Martin Bromiley, founder, Clinical Human Factors Group; Mike Durkin, national director for patient safety, NHS England.

Cancer Care Team
  • 3 Counties Early Oesophageal Cancer Team, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Inpatient Smoking Cessation Pathway, Bolton Council Public Health

  • Mesothelioma Team, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service, Leeds Children’s Hospital

Judges: Martin Gore, professor of cancer medicine, Institute of Cancer Research.

Clinical Leadership Team, sponsored by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the GMC
  • Compassionate Conversations, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

  • Management in Medicine Programme, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

  • Camden GP Consortium, Haverstock Healthcare

  • Orthogeriatrics Team, St Peter’s Hospital Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust

  • West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Judges: Bruce Keogh, medical director, NHS; Peter Lees, founding director, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Diabetes Team
  • 3 Dimensions of Care for Diabetes, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Norwood Surgery, Southport

  • Sheffield Diabetes Footcare Team, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Whittington Joint Diabetes Thalassaemia Clinic, The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Judges: Melanie Davies, professor of diabetes, University of Leicester; Richard Lane, president, Diabetes UK.

Education Team, sponsored by Univadis
  • “Everyone Gets Involved,” University Hospitals Bristol

  • Gold Standards Framework Primary Care Programme, The Gold Standards Framework Centre

  • MPROvE-MultiPROfessional Simulation in Neonatal Education, University Hospitals Southampton

  • Pan-London Stroke Simulation Training, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • UK Endovascular TraineeS (UKETS)

Judges: Derek Gallen, president, Academy of Medical Educators; Anne Marie Cunningham, associate academic GP, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University.

Emergency Medicine Team
  • Emergency Care Pathway - Occupancy Project, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • Emergency Department, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, RD&E NHS Foundation Trust

  • Emergency Gynaecology Unit Team, Whipps Cross University Hospital

  • Falls Rapid Response Team, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

  • Rapid Resuscitation Response Unit, Emergency Medicine Research Group, Edinburgh

  • Triage Rapid Elderly Assessment Team (TREAT), The Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Judges: Jonathan Benger, national clinical director, Urgent Care; Chris Lacy, consultant in emergency medicine and major trauma, King’s College Hospital.

Gastroenterology Team
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Supported, Self Help and Management Programme (IBD-SSHAMP), Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

  • Nurse Led Ascites Service, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Gastroenterology Without Walls, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Straight to Test for Lower Gastrointestinal Symptoms, AF Sawyerr Endoscopy Unit, Bart’s Health NHS Trust

  • Gastroenterology and Alcohol Care Team, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Judges: Parveen Kumar, professor of medicine and education, Queen Mary University of London, and hon consultant gastroenterologist, Barts and the London NHS Trust; Ian Forgacs, director, The Digestive Disorders Foundation.

Innovation in Healthcare, sponsored by Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network
  • Referral Management: Lessons for Success, Tower Hamlets NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Bipolar Education Programme Cymru, Cardiff University MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics

  • Families Reporting Critical Incidents and Near Misses in a Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

  • From Pain to Prospects, The Fit for Work Team

  • The TREAT Study Team, University of Birmingham

Judges: Joshua Silver, director, Centre for Vision in the Developing World, University of Oxford; Paul Altmann, chief clinical information officer, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Karen Woo Surgical Team, sponsored by BUPA
  • Microvascular Surgery in Lahore, Pakistan, The North Bristol NHS Trust

  • Operation Hernia, Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Paediatric Acute Surgical Service, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

  • Peritoneal Malignancy Institute, Basingstoke

  • Surgical Telementoring in Tanzania, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Judges: Neil Weir, consultant ENT surgeon, Royal Surrey County Hospital and founder of BRINOS; Jane Blazeby, professor of surgery, Bristol University.

Primary Care Team, sponsored by MDDUS
  • Emergency Care Practitioner Scheme—West Leicestershire, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

  • Minor Injury and Illness Service, Miriam Primary Care Group, Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Norwood Surgery, Southport

  • PAPERLESS (Paper Light Environment Project), AT Medics

  • Tower Hamlets General Practice Networks, Tower Hamlets NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

Judges: Mike Bewick, deputy medical director, NHS England; Clare Gerada, chairwoman of board for Transforming Primary Care, London, and former chairwoman of the council of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Respiratory Medicine Team
  • Community Pharmacy Future COPD Case Finding and COPD Support Service, Alliance Boots

  • Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre’s Business Case for Expansion

  • Nottingham City Integrated Respiratory Service, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Plymouth Asthma Team, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Southend COPD Psychology Project, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Judges: Wisia Wedzicha, professor of respiratory medicine, Centre for Respiratory Medicine, UCL Medical School; Robert Winter, vice president, British Lung Foundation.

UK Research Paper
  • 18F-fluoride positron emission tomography for identification of ruptured and high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaques: a prospective clinical trial—N V Joshi

  • Association between cardiovascular events and sodium-containing effervescent, dispersible and soluble drugs: nested case-control study—J George, W Majeed, I Mackenzie, T MacDonald, L Wei

  • Effect of β blockers on mortality after myocardial infarction in adults with COPD: population based cohort study of UK electronic healthcare records—J K Quint, E Herrett, K Bhaskaran, A Timmis, H Hemingway, J A Wedzicha, L Smeeth

  • Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhoea and Clostridium difficile diarrhoea in older patients (PLACIDE): a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled multi-centre trial—S Allen, K Wareham, D Wang, C Bradley, H Hutchings, W Harris, A Dhar, H Brown, A Foden, M Gravenor, D Mack

  • Routine versus clinically driven laboratory monitoring and first-line antiretroviral therapy strategies in African children with HIV (ARROW): a 5-year open-label randomised factorial trial—ARROW Trial Team

Judges: Debbie Lawlor, professor of epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol; Richard Lehman, GP, researcher, and journal critic, Oxford.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1754


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