Patient and Public Involvement Hero award announced

Published: 25 Jun 2024

🎉 The winners of the Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2024 Patient and Public Involvement Hero award have been announced today; congratulations to: 🎉

JOINT WINNER: Rebecca Goadsby, Dementia Liaison Nurse, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Awarded for patient engagement activities which the judges called a “top priority” project that demonstrated genuine impact, with carers involved continuously, including providing input into reports, focus groups and webinars.

JOINT WINNER: Gemma Harris, People Participation Co-ordinator (PPC), Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust 

Recognised for work to increase lived experience in quality improvement projects, emphasising co-production and improving access to – and building – improvement skills. The judges felt that this project demonstrated a variety of engagement methods and, in particular, applauded an objective to train patients and carers to become more involved.

COMMENDED: Patient and Carer Advisory Group, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

The group was recognised for their patient/carer-driven project to help patients manage their cancer diagnosis and treatment and improve their quality of life. The judges felt that this was a real-world project based on real-world need. With a large number of people surveyed, they were impressed with the findings, which were translated into accessible outcomes such as information screens to signpost to key information.

COMMENDED: Jessica Moss, Quality Improvement Lead, National Audit of Care at the End of Life (NACEL)

Recognised for a project which directly sought the views and experiences of bereaved people in the design of an audit tool. The judges were impressed, not only with the support available to patients and carers, but also the on-going process of feedback. There was involvement from the very beginning, and this was clear from the impact demonstrated.

COMMENDED: Sandra Willis, Clinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Recognised for patient engagement in the development of a website to provide universal support and advice for parents, carers, children and young people, and professionals. The judges applauded the many different methods of engagement utilised, stating that it is an innovative project that is hugely beneficial to a large number of people.

Further information about the awards: Clinical Audit Heroes awards.

The Clinical Audit Heroes Awards (part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week)

The Patient and Public Involvement Hero award is one of five categories in this year’s Clinical Audit Heroes Awards. The winners of each award are announced at a series of daily Lunch & Learn events, hosted by N-QI-CAN, on each of the award topics from 24-28 June 2024. 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 and range of other events and activities – can be found on the Clinical Audit Awareness Week webpage.

And don’t forget to join in the fun by sharing online, using #CAAW24!