Health Inequalities Hero award announced

Published: 16 Jun 2022

The winners of the Health Inequalities Hero Award have been announced today. Congratulations to our joint winners, the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit and the Maternity Cultural Transformation Team at Epsom and St Helier NHS University Trust.

Due to the high standard of nominations in this award category, our judges felt, that in the interest of fairness, there should be two winners – a local and national audit winner.

JOINT WINNER: National Paediatric Diabetes Audit. The audit was nominated for its work to reduce health inequalities in paediatric diabetes care through reporting outcomes broken down by ethnic category and deprivation quintile to enable a focus on closing the gap.

The judges described the audit as an excellent project, doing vital work to improve health inequalities within diabetes care in children and young people.

JOINT WINNER: Maternity Cultural Transformation Team at Epsom and St Helier NHS University Trust. The team were recognised for their work on reducing health inequalities with the Trust’s maternity services. The nomination details their use of quality improvement methodology to identify areas of inequality in their maternity population as well as efforts to improve access, remove the language barrier, increase information provision, and address staff cultural sensitivity.

The judges agreed that this was a fantastic project with clear evidence of sustained improvement.

Full case studies of these projects will be made available on the HQIP website in due course.

Other award categories

The Health Inequalities Hero Award recognises clinical audits that have utilised findings to reduce health inequalities, and is one of five categories in this year’s Clinical Audit Heroes Awards.

The winners of each award will be announced at a series of daily Lunch & Learn events, hosted by N-QI-CAN, on each of the award topics from 13-17 June. Details of these events (and recordings for those who wish to listen again, once they have taken place) – in addition to news of all the winners – can be found on the Clinical Audit Awareness Week webpage.

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