Teams shortlisted for BMJ Awards

Teams from across King’s Health Partners have been shortlisted for their work in the 2017 BMJ Awards.BMJ awards_staff

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) has announced the shortlist for their 2017 awards. Now in its ninth year, the awards recognise and celebrate the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country. Over a six-month period more than 350 teams submitted entries, with just 60 teams shortlisted and 15 eventual winners.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London’s FREED from Eating Disorders programme has been shortlisted in the Mental Health Team award category. The team focuses on speeding up treatment for young people with eating disorders.

The first episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders (FREED) team treats people with bulimia or anorexia aged 18 to 25 who present at the very beginning of their illness. Their approach is patient-centred, proactive and empowering. FREED was successfully trialled last year and has begun to implement, evaluate and disseminate a novel early intervention service.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in three awards categories.

The Health Inclusion Clinic is shortlisted in the Primary Care Team category for their work with some of London’s most vulnerable groups - helping refugees and asylum seekers. As well as providing healthcare to people who have been unable to register with a GP, the team offers advice about accessing immigration services and support from charities and the local community.

SH:24, an online sexual health service which allows people to test themselves for sexually transmitted infections in the privacy of their own home and get results by text message, is shortlisted in the Innovation Team category of the BMJ Awards.

SH:24 is funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and is a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, Lambeth and Southwark councils, and the Design Council.

Dr Tania Kalsi and her team are shortlisted for Cancer Care Team of the Year for the GOLD service (Geriatric Oncology Liaison Development). GOLD delivers closer working between clinical teams from geriatric medicine and oncology to improve the outcome of cancer treatments for older patients.

Next month, the shortlisted teams will present their projects to an expert judging panel, including patient representatives. The winners will be announced on 4 May at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

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