Audit Heroes Awards – 2020

Congratulations to our Audit Heroes for 2020! Our Audit Heroes were chosen from among a record 228 nominations across all categories.  There were six awards categories.

In addition, all of the shortlisted entries for each category can be found in our online Hall of Fame. Congratulations again to all of our shortlisted candidates and to our winners who demonstrate strong evidence of being champions for clinical audit.

Clinical Audit Professional of the Year

Joel Fiddy

Joint local winner

Joel Fiddy – Theatre Governance and Risk Management Facilitator

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Judges heard that Joel: “… utilised clinical audit, using robust audit and data processes to improve patient safety and experience through a quality improvement project in theatres… He has changed culture and attitudes to embed high standards of clinical practice.”

Joint local winner

Catherine Truesdale – Quality Manager, Performance Improvement

South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

Judges heard how Catherine supports a culture of improvement: “She taught me how to understand the processes, let me see the benefits my work practice would gain & optimising my potential for cascading quality improvement through auditing to my colleagues and onto our clients.”

Catherine Truesdale


Wendy Houweling

National winner

Wendy Houweling – Audit & Research Administrator

The Children’s Trust

Judges heard how Wendy champions clinical audit, raises practice among the nursing, care and therapy teams, applies new learning to the audit team’s work and volunteers on the frontline to better understand how audit can support her colleagues.

Audit Heroes Tribute
Ben Woodhart – The London Ambulance Service

We would like to pay tribute to one of our Audit Heroes who passed away earlier this year, paramedic Ben Woodhart.

Ben was a hugely respected paramedic who worked hard with his clinical audit team to engage staff – becoming famous for his amazing infographics.

This led to Ben being selected for the Audit Heroes Hall of Fame in 2017, an achievement he, and the team, were very proud of.

Ben will be remembered by the clinical audit team for his enthusiasm and dedication to improving patient care and helping his colleagues.

Ben Woodhart


Clinical Practitioner of the Year

Sue Pavord

National winner

Sue Pavord – Consultant Haematologist

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust

A pioneer in the field of obstetric haematology, Sue produced national guidelines on the investigation and management of anaemia in pregnancy and the care of pregnant patients with inherited bleeding disorders.


Local winner

Liz Ewins – Consultant Psychiatrist

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Liz’s nomination relates to a project to improve prescribing practices for patients with a 1st episode of psychosis; it led to greater patient involvement in prescribing decisions, increased compliance, reductions in medication cessation due to side effects and cost savings.

Liz Ewins

Sahana Rao

Highly commended

Sahana Rao – Consultant Paediatrician

Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sahana set up the Oxford University Hospitals QI Hub, a multi-professional community aiming to develop QI capability; continuous, sustained patient-centred improvement by providing shared learning, collaboration and mentorship for everyone.

Student of the Year

Michael Ha


Michael Ha – Medical Education Student

University of Hertfordshire/East and North Hertfordshire Trust

Michael’s nominator said: “Michael Ha is one of the most passionate and dedicated Medical Education students in our trust … With infectious enthusiasm, he has engaged multiple members of staff in new and exciting audits that have helped improve our trust.”

Highly commended

Emily Kelly and Calum Lynch – Medical Students
Kings College London

Judges heard how Emily and Calum undertook a massive retrospective analysis of the management of acute colonic pseudo obstruction (ACPO); they identified opportunities for improvements in clinical practice which they then championed.

Emily Kelly and Calum Lynch


Volunteer of the Year

Epilepsy12 Youth Advocates

Joint national winner

Epilepsy12 Youth Advocates

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

Our judges felt this entry demonstrated a very impressive programme of activities – research-based and piloted in real-life settings – looking at the important area of mental health support for children and young people growing up with long term conditions.

Joint national winner

Julia Ellis – Patient and Carer Panel Chair, Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Our judges felt that Julia’s nomination demonstrated “incredibly important work to not only reduce the extent of harms that occur in hospitals, but also to increase transparency and openness about the extent of the harm.”

Julia Ellis

Joint local winner

Ceredigion Total Communication Auditors

Our judges said: “A great example of how people with lived experience can help staff understand what matters to service users. Good to see people with learning difficulties being empowered to take a lead in this area, and to see that communications have improved as a result.”

Ceridigion Total Communication Auditors

Joint local winner

Sarah – The Elms Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Our judges felt that Sarah is an outstanding example of how services benefit from the insights and experiences of those who use them; her determination to help others though outreach and communication shone through in her nomination.

Florence Nightingale Award

Naomi Walsh

Joint winner

Naomi Walsh – Lead Nurse for Practice Development

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

For her organisation-wide impact, her focus on education & training for the nursing workforce, and her support of evidence-based real-time decision making.

Joint winner

Sarah Simmons and Katy Murphy – Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT

For their Neonatal Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) improvement project reducing avoidable delays in hospital discharge for mothers & new babies.

Sarah Simmons and Katy Murphy

Team of the Year

National winner

National Vascular Registry Team

Royal College of Surgeons of England

The National Vascular Registry Team showed considerable initiative in looking beyond the audit to consider innovations to benefit patients. The nomination demonstrated outstanding work on registry device capture, quality improvement and a rapid response to COVID-19.

National Vascular Registry

Joint local winner

Leg Ulcer Pathway Audit Team

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The team evidenced exceptional results in ulcer healing outcomes achieved via community education and working with patients to understand their concerns.

Leg Ulcer Pathway Audit Team G&ST

Joint local winner

The Oliver Fisher Neonatal Unit

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

They delivered a significant reduction in medication-related safety events and demonstrated excellent stakeholder engagement.

Oliver Fisher Neonatal Unit - Medway