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The BMJ Awards 2021: Tackling racist abuse, reducing anaesthetics emissions, and a cartoon inspired talking service take home prizes

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 30 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2410
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

A plan to deal with patients’ racist abuse of hospital staff was among the winners announced at The BMJ Awards 2021 at a virtual ceremony on 29 September.

Other winners included a campaign to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from anaesthetic gases and a talking therapy project inspired by a popular Peanuts cartoon character.

The BMJ Awards showcase innovations and teams who are transforming healthcare.

The BMJ’s editor in chief, Fiona Godlee, said that the awards had “never been more important” in recognising the professionalism and hard work of staff. “Health professionals continue to face unprecedented pressures, complex challenges, and increased demands as a result of the pandemic,” she said. “But even and perhaps especially in these most difficult of times exceptional projects and people are going above and beyond to improve outcomes for patients. Your commitment and resilience are truly outstanding.”

East London NHS Foundation Trust won the Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year awards for its action plan to tackle the increasing numbers of racist incidents, which were leading to high staff turnover on an inpatient forensic mental …

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