Providing vital health services for refugees and asylum seekers; minimising anxiety for patients with learning disabilities requiring surgery; and teaching essential CPR skills to school children to save lives, were among winning projects announced at The BMJ Awards 2017 tonight.
The BMJ Awards are the UK’s top medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating amazing healthcare teams making a very real difference to patients, every single day, in all sorts of ways.
Over 650 doctors and leading health figures gathered in London to honour teams across the UK, including ground-breaking research, inspirational leaders and innovations to improve patient care.
The glittering ceremony, held in association with medical insurer MDDUS, took place at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel.
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust took home two awards. Cancer Care Team of the Year for providing assessment and support for older people undergoing chemotherapy, and Primary Care Team of the Year for the Health Inclusion Clinic - a vital first port of call for refugees and asylum seekers.
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took home Clinical Leadership Team of the Year for improving fetal monitoring and reducing rates of brain damage due to lack of oxygen during birth.
The Royal London Hospital won Dermatology Team of the Year for their work to tackle psychological issues associated with skin disease, while Innovation Team of the Year went to SH:24 for remote tests for sexually transmitted infections in the inner London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London won Mental Health Team of the Year for reducing waiting times for young adults with eating disorders to get treatment.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust won Surgical Team of the Year for helping patients make healthy lifestyle changes ahead of surgery. This team also took home the Patient Partnership Award - a special award given in memory of The BMJ’s inspirational patient editor, Rosamund Snow, who died earlier this year.
UK Research Paper of the Year went to Imperial College London for a trial showing no benefits of giving antibiotics for acute asthma attacks.
Bristol NHS Foundation Trust took home two awards tonight. Prevention Team of the Year for addressing the issue of frequently attending patients to the emergency department, and Palliative & Hospice Team of the Year for improving communication for patients at the end of life.
The Princess of Wales Hospital won Anaesthesia Team of the Year for the Soothing Patient Anxiety (SPA) project - to minimise anxiety for patients with learning disabilities and mental health issues undergoing surgery.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust won Education Team of the Year for providing CPR training to school children to tackle low survival rates for cardiac arrests that happen outside hospitals.
Imaging Team of the Year went to the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian for improving care for patients with heart disease using CT coronary angiography (CTCA) to obtain high-quality 3D pictures of the heart.
The Stoke Cardiac Assessment Team from the University Hospital of the North Midlands won Cardiology Team of the Year for transforming emergency services for patients complaining of chest pain - a solution that may be rolled out to other Trusts.
The BMJ Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health went to Ben Goldacre for his work to improve health and healthcare in the UK.
His visible public presence as a newspaper columnist and his books Bad Science and Bad Pharma provided the impetus for the formation of AllTrials - a campaign to ensure that all trials are registered and their results published.
Goldacre qualified at Oxford and worked in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London, before three years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a research fellow in epidemiology. He is now director of the EBM DataLab in Oxford, part of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, where he says his job is “naming, praising, or shaming good and bad practice.”
Notes for Editors:
The BMJ Awards 2017 were sponsored by MDDUS, The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Macmillan, GMC and FMLM, LEO Pharma, Marie Curie and Hospice UK, Alliance Medical, Health Education England, Mind, Public Health England, NICE, Lifebox, Health Innovation Manchester, BMA.
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