Richard Driscoll Memorial Award – Past Winners

2020 Award

Winner: National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit

The 2020 Richard Driscoll Memorial Award for outstanding work in patient and public involvement was awarded to the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA). During a challenging year in the healthcare sector, the judging panel recognised the audit’s excellent patient-led approach to their patient-focused outputs and ongoing engagement with their patient panel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The audit was formally awarded as the RDMA20 winner by Dame Donna Kinnair at the HQIP Annual General Meeting which was held virtually on the 17th of November 2020. Sarah Oyebanjo, Project Manager of NEIAA and Paul Amlani-Hatcher, Patient Panel Chair of NEIAA accepted their award at the AGM and gave a presentation detailing the PPI work of the audit to an audience comprised of HQIP staff, Service User Network (SUN) members and HQIP Board members.

NEIAA captures information about care quality in NHS rheumatology outpatient services which were suspended at the onset of the pandemic. NEIAA’s patient panel demonstrated a number of achievements that led to the audit’s ability to maintain excellent patient and public involvement during the year such as designing a COVID-friendly EIA service, supporting quality improvement and supporting online education for clinical teams.

The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit which works to improve the health outcomes and experiences of children with diabetes was highly commended and the audit also presented at the AGM and received their commendation.

The other shortlisted submissions for the 2020 award are:


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:

Richard Driscoll Memorial Award (RDMA) testimonials

Audits who were shortlisted for the Richard Driscoll Memorial Award have spoken about the positive impact of being recognised for their outstanding patient and public involvement work. Read the testimonials from the audits to see what being shortlisted for meant to them:

National Clinical Audit of Anxiety & Depression (NCAAD)

Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit (FFFAP)

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 2018

Led 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: