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RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards winners announced at Medicine 2016

The winners of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Excellence in Patient Care Awards were announced at Medicine 2016, the RCP annual conference. The awards ceremony was a celebration of the impressive work of our membership and their dedication to delivering excellent patient-centred care.

The winners were:

Winners were presented with an RCP Excellence in Patient Care Award plaque, as well as an award of £1,000. The RCP will be showcasing their inspiring work and the winners will have the opportunity to present at Medicine 2017: RCP annual conference.

Professor Jane Dacre, president of the RCP, said:

We had such a variety of examples to choose from, showcasing improved standards across education, health services and policy, and clinical practice, through the use of powerful teamwork and leadership … the judging panel felt honoured to read them all.

The RCP thanked not only the shortlist and winners, but all those teams and individuals who entered the awards for their hard work and dedication in contributing to improving patient care.

2016 winners

Doctor in specialty training award

Winner: Dr Alexander Wilkinson, Improving smoking cessation services and training
For outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care by a UK trainee in higher specialty training

The judges said:

Dr Alexander Wilkinson led a significant service change in preventative healthcare, crossing the boundaries of secondary and primary care. Using an innovative electronic case-based discussion, the project has produced significant outcomes, improved patient care and increased the number of patients referred to specialist cessation clinics.

Consultant award

Winner: Dr Anu Jacob, Achieving excellence in caring for patients with rare disorders: lessons from neuromyelitis optica (NMO)
For outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care by a consultant or associate specialist physician

The judges said:

Dr Anu Jacob has single-handedly taken forward and significantly improved patient outcomes. He has had a significant impact on mortality and morbidity of patients suffering from a debilitating and rare disease. This national programme has gained international commendation, mortality rates have decreased and a reduced number of patients are turning blind.

Team award

Winner: Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Team, working at the interface of primary and secondary care
For outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care by a multidisciplinary team

The judges said:

The AF stroke prevention team tackled a common problem, which can often be managed poorly. The project shows great integration between primary and secondary care involving patients throughout. It demonstrates a multi-professional approach that clearly shows excellent outcomes demonstrating clinical efficiency.

The Lancet research award

Winner: Professor Morris Brown, Discovery of a common sub-type of Conn’s adenoma, and development of a PET CT scan for its detection
For outstanding research activity that contributes to excellent patient care

The judges said:

This was awarded on the grounds of originality, robust methodology which was well described, and the potential for wider application.