Richard Driscoll Memorial Award

Richard Driscoll Memorial Award 2019 - now open

2019 Award

Winner: National Clinical Audit of Anxiety & Depression

RDMA - National Clinical Audit of Anxiety & Depression

This year’s Richard Driscoll Memorial Award recognising outstanding work in patient and public involvement was awarded to the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety & Depression (NCAAD). The programme won based on outstanding patient leadership that led to a change in how they designed their annual report and direct impact from extensive PPI in their governance. The judges were impressed with their responsiveness and flexibility, how they made changes to the involvement structure at the request of the service user and carer reference group, and how they adopted a new co-produced reporting model to increase the accessibility of published reports for lay people.

Alan Quirk who is the Programme Manager of the audit, a member of SURCG and a representative from McPin received their award from Dame Donna Kinnair, CEO of the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the HQIP Board of Trustees at the HQIP Annual General Meeting in November.

The overall aim of NCAAD is to improve the quality of care provided to service users of secondary care mental health services. In collaborating effectively with service users and carers throughout the audit, they have been able to champion their voice and ensure that the aims of the audit are focussed on improving the care received by service users accessing secondary care psychological services. Key to this is their Service User and Carer Reference Group (SUCRG) who were recruited from the outset and have been involved in co-producing every key stage of the audit.

Three other audit programmes were also commended:

  • Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit (FFFAP)
  • National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP)
  • National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA)

2018 Award

Winner: Epilepsy12

Richard Driscoll Award 2018

The winner of the first edition of the Richard Driscoll Memorial Award was Epilepsy12, one of 40 national clinical audits and patient outcome reviews commissioned by HQIP and funded by NHS England, and was formally awarded first place for outstanding patient involvement in clinical audit.

Epilepsy 12 case study 2018Led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and established in 2009, Epilepsy12 measures and aims to improve NHS healthcare services for children and young people with seizures and epilepsy.

Between April and June 2018 the RCPCH Children and Young People’s Engagement Team met with over 130 children, young people and families collecting their views on ‘service contact ability’ and family mental health. Over 2335 questionnaires were submitted by children, young people and their carers.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chair of the HQIP Board of Trustees and long-standing CEO of the Royal College of Nursing presented the award to Epilepsy12 project manager Calvin Down and the programme’s youth advocates in front of an audience of healthcare professionals, HQIP Trustees and staff.

The following submissions were also highly commended:

The other submissions for the award were:

The first edition of the award was a huge success and we look forward to holding the next edition in 2019. Please check this page for all future updates.


The Richard Driscoll Memorial Award was established in 2018 to commemorate our former Chair of the Board of Trustees who passed away in 2017.  Richard worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout his life serving for a number of charitable organisations including the British Society of Gastroenterology, Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the UK IBD Registry.
Richard Driscoll

Richard was passionate as a patient representative of National Voices and chair of HQIP and was greatly admired by those who saw his contributions to the organisation.

The award was set up to recognise patient and public involvement in clinical audit and the inaugural award took place on 11 October 2018.