UCLH wins HSJ award 

24/05/2019 00:00 
UCLH has won an award at the HSJ Value Awards last night – and was shortlisted for four others.

We took first place for our Find & Treat: healthcare for homeless and vulnerable people in the Community Health Service Redesign category.

Al Story, clinical lead for the service, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be a finalist for such a prestigious award and hope this recognition will translate into much needed resources and health outreach services for homeless people nationally.”

We were also shortlisted for four other awards:

  • Ambulatory care for complex cancer treatment and stem cell transplantation (Acute Service Redesign Award)

Diana Comerford, former ambulatory care clinical lead nurse/sister, said: “Going through this process has highlighted the amount of work and progress we have achieved since Ambulatory Care in Cancer Services was introduced at UCLH.

“It has emphasised the cohesion of teamwork required across all members of the multidisciplinary team, and its positive impact on patient experience demonstrated in patients’ feedback. It has been a privilege to take part just to have a moment to reflect on the work we have been doing.”

  • The Lighthouse centre for children and young people who experience sexual abuse (Community Health Service Redesign Award )

Emma Harewood, development and service manager, said: “It was great to be recognised as a finalist only six months after opening the Lighthouse, a multi-agency service for children and young people surviving sexual abuse. 

“Our ambition is to influence life-long changes for survivors of sexual abuse, minimising long term mental health conditions and helping them return to healthy relationships, their school or the workplace.”

  • NeuroSAFE: preserving sexual potency in men undergoing prostatectomy for cancer (Surgical Services Initiative of the Year)

Greg Shaw, consultant urologist, said: “We are very pleased to have been nominated. While the work we do is focused within teaching hospitals, and is not applicable to all NHS units, the nomination acknowledges the potential for our efforts to improve the lot for men undergoing surgery to treat their prostate cancer. The nomination is credit to the hard work and commitment of our multidisciplinary NeuroSAFE research team.”

  • Intra-uterine foetal surgery for spina bifida (Specialist Service Award)

Anna David of the UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health and UCLH, established the Centre for Prenatal Therapy with support from research university KU Leuven. She said: “We wanted to offer this service to women and their babies in the UK without them needing to travel abroad. It’s been a resounding success.

“We are thrilled to have been nominated for this award and well done to the winners.”

Chief executive Marcel Levi said: “This is an incredible achievement and I am so proud of all the teams who won an award or were nominated.

“Well done to everyone involved.”

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