UCLH consultants among top NHS innovators 

08/11/2013 00:00 
Two pioneering consultants from UCLH have been named among the top 50 innovators in the NHS.

Health Service Journal (HSJ) is celebrating innovation by revealing the top 50 innovators in healthcare, focusing on their achievements and considering what can be done to make innovation an intrinsic part of the NHS and wider healthcare system.

The 50 names were chosen from a long-list of 100, who were nominated by HSJ readers on Twitter and hsj.co.uk

Professor Lyn Chitty, consultant in genetics and fetal medicine, and nurse consultant Bernadette Porter MBE were among those recognised for their achievements.

Professor Chitty is at the forefront internationally in developing safer, non-invasive ways to determine the health of unborn babies. She led the team who established the standards required to use tiny quantities of fetal DNA in the mother’s blood to confirm the sex of babies at risk of inheriting a sex-linked disease.

She is currently developing non-invasive testing some single gene disorders as well as looking at ways to introduce for non-invasive testing for Down’s syndrome into the NHS.

Bernadette is first nurse to be appointed an NHS multiple sclerosis nurse consultant, She has pioneered a pilot project to give MS patients more control over their own lives and a greater choice in their care.

NeuroResponse uses technology and staff expertise to help patients and is initially focusing on providing three core services to people with MS: NeuroDirect, a telephone triage/advice line service staffed by expert MS nurses; NeuroMail, an email advice service that GPs can use to contact a consultant neurologist; and NeuroView, a video clinic linking an expert neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.

The list, supported by Bird and Bird and AbbVie, recognises the people whose contributions are making a tangible difference to patients, colleagues, the healthcare system or wider society.

At a time when the spotlight is on the health sector for some less than positive reasons, when financial challenges remain and in a sector not known for its acceptance of change, it is more important than ever to recognise and celebrate the innovation from both health professionals and patients alike.

Alastair McLellan, Editor-in-Chief, Health Service Journal, said: “I’m delighted to announce HSJ’s first ever listing of the 50 most innovative people in UK healthservices.

"The list celebrates those who are willing to challenge the accepted wisdom, to ask the difficult questions and not take no for an answer within the health sector. “I would argue that there is more clever thinking going on in the NHS than at any time in its history.

"The people on this list are the people driving change, and providing inspiration and leadership. This list recognises the people who change the rules of that game; who find ways to inspire and drives the service improvement that moves the service forward.”

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