RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2017 shortlist announced

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Excellence in Patient Care Awards. The awards were launched in 2015 to promote and reward the impressive work that physicians are doing around the world to improve patient care, through education, innovation, research and clinical practice.

The RCP would like to thank every individual and team who took the time to enter the awards or to nominate a colleague. The winners of this year’s award categories will be announced and presented with their prize on 16 March 2017 during the conference dinner on the first night of Medicine 2017.

Awards shortlist

RCP registrar Dr Andrew Goddard commended this year’s entrants for their positive work:

In a world which only seems to talk about the problems with health, their work comes as a very welcome reminder that medicine is brilliant. Being involved in judging these awards is one of the best bits of my job. The achievements of the nominees are remarkable and they are all a credit to the medical profession. 

After much consideration, the judging panel have decided on the following shortlist:


        Nominated for outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care in an innovative and forward-thinking way:

        • Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge – Addressing the global threat of Mycobacterium abscessus infection in cystic fibrosis
        • Coventry HIV project
        • Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) Team
        • TalkCPR Project team – TalkCPR: a patient-led project for people with palliative illness
        • Professor Santosh Varughese – Bedside peritoneal dialysis catheter repositioning: a novel technique.


        Nominated for outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care overseas:

        • Dr Sheik Muhamad Amza Ali – The improvement of care of persons with epilepsy (PWE) in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean
        • Professor Geeta Menon – Setting up diabetic retinopathy screening in the Copperbelt province in Zambia
        • Prevention, care and treatment at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Kampala, Uganda – Development of centre of excellence in patient care for HIV care and treatment which contributes to the Ugandan national and sub-Saharan African regional response to the HIV epidemic through innovation, capacity building and research.

        Medical education and training

        Nominated for enhancing medical education and training: 

        • Acute Medicine Team, King’s College Hospital  Improving the quality of care for patients presenting at the acute mental/physical interface
        • Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore  Diabetes care in Asia and Africa
        • Time for Dementia Team, Brighton and Sussex Medical School  Time for dementia.

        In a world which only seems to talk about the problems with health, the nominees' work comes as a very welcome reminder that medicine is brilliant.

        Dr Andrew Goddard, RCP registrar

        Patient-centred care

        Nominated for excellent patient care that is receptive to the patient's preferences, supporting a personalised and coordinated approach to care:

        • Dr Ketan Dhatariya – The development, publication, implementation and assessment of a national guideline for the management of diabetic ketoacidosis in adults
        • Dr Ahmed Hashim – A new community hostel–based liver service for the vulnerable and homeless adults in south-east England
        • Individualised End of Life Care Plan working party
        • Dr Pippa Medcalf – Hospital homeless healthcare
        • Staffordshire Heart Failure Team – Ambulatory heart failure care: developing a patient-driven vision of care.

        Quality improvement

        Nominated for outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care by applying best practice and aiming to improve performance:

        • Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) Team – Reducing harm and improving safety culture on the front line
        • Integrated Heart Failure Team, Torbay Hospital – The development of an integrated heart failure service in a district general hospital
        • Liverpool Drug Interactions Group (LDIG) – Liverpool drug interactions: improving quality of care for HIV and hepatitis patients worldwide through a suite of prescribing support tools
        • Newcastle Liver Unit – Development of a care bundle for patients admitted with decompensated cirrhosis
        • Rapid response team, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Optimising patient flow through the hospital and improving patient outcomes and experience: a collaborative inpatient and community multidisciplinary approach working in partnership with social care.

        Contribution to the profession

        Nominated for outstanding contribution to the healthcare profession:

        • Dr Peter A Andrews
        • Dr Nawal Elkurdufani
        • Dr Caroline Higgins
        • Dr Suresh Joshipura.

        The Lancet research award

        Nominated for outstanding research activity that contributes to outstanding patient care:

        • Dr Nicola Whiller, Tahir Akbar – Does a positive culture towards reporting medical error improve junior doctor participation in adverse incident reporting?
        • Orthopaedic supportive discharge (OSD) team – Home is where our journey begins: 2 years' impact of an orthopaedic early supportive discharge (OSD) team in our hip fracture service
        • The Palliative Care Research Group, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Institute for Global Health Innovation – Recognising the need for innovation in digitising urgent or advance care planning in adults aged 70 years and over following emergency admission.

        Lifetime achievement award

        Awarded for outstanding contribution to excellent patient care over a lifetime and career, the RCP is thrilled to announce that the winner for this award is:

        • Professor Barry Cookson MSc, Hon DIPHIC, FRCP, FRCPath, FFPH, FRSPH.

        RCP registrar Dr Andrew Goddard said:

        What impressed us about Professor Cookson’s career was that his achievements include so many things that we now take for granted such as the importance of MRSA carriage, quality control in microbiology, healthcare-associated infections and hand hygiene. His name is not as well recognised as it should be among his fellow physicians and we hope that this award will change that.

        Conference dinner

        Book your place now to find out first-hand who the winners are on 16 March.