BMJ awards – our teams win praise for their outstanding work 

04/05/2016 00:00 
Many congratulations to our Find&Treat team who received a high commendation at the prestigious BMJ Awards for their outstanding work in tackling the spread of TB.

The team were shortlisted in the Prevention Team of the Year category.

The specialist outreach team  - which includes former TB patients, clinical nurse specialists, peer advocates and radiographers –  screens almost 10,000 high-risk people a year for TB and offers on-the-spot testing for Hepatitis C, essential vaccinations and practical assistance and advice. Their work prevents onward transmission of TB in the community by diagnosing cases early and prevents the emergence of drug resistance by supporting people to successfully complete treatment.

Patients include the most excluded members of society including homeless people, prisoners, substance users and destitute migrants who often slip through the net when it comes to accessing healthcare services. The mobile health unit travels to homeless hostels, prisons, community centres and street services providing soup and sandwiches across London and nationally in response to TB outbreaks.

Dr Al Story, clinical lead and founder of the UCLH Find&Treat service, said: “This team epitomises NHS values and always goes the extra mile. We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and hope that this recognition will enable us to provide more health opportunities for the people we serve.”

Find&Treat, established in 2007, has been proven to be highly cost effective, is recommended by NICE and has been highlighted as an international model of best practice by the World Health Organization. 

They are finalists in the BMJ Awards Prevention Team of the Year Category, sponsored by Public Health England.

Improving care for thousands of people with multiple sclerosis

Our second shortlisted finalists were multiple sclerosis (MS) consultant nurse Bernadette Porter and consultant neurologist Jeremy Chataway, who are part of a team nominated for the first-ever British Medical Journal Neurology Team of the year award. It is sponsored by Association of British Neurologists.

They have worked with partners to develop a new initiative called the 10K Club to improve care for the 10,000 people with MS who live within the region of UCLPartners (UCLP).

The 10K Club commissioned research into the different ways people with MS are treated across the region. 

The audit report found that urinary tract infections were the main reason for hospital admissions- it also found that these were largely avoidable and cost up to £850,000 per year. 

Working with patients and families, a new model of care was designed.  This model NeuroResponse identifies potential risks and treatments as early as possible. So for example UTI’s can be flagged up, courier samples collected, antibiotics prescribed and general advice given over the telephone.

Bernadette Porter said: "Our work has been made possible by the generous contribution of people living with MS and their families, who shared their stories and helped design the new model of care.

"We hope this model of care can be shared across the NHS so that other patients can benefit. “

The charity Shift MS and NHS London Neurology Network helped co-design and create an educational support package for patients called Confidence College

Consultant neurologist Jeremy Chataway added: “It is a great honour to be shortlisted for this award on behalf of MS colleagues in UCLH and across UCLPartners.”

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