NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is proud to announce that the Rheumatology team from Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) were among the 10 winners from across the UK of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Healthcare Champions Awards. The GRI’s Rheumatology team were honoured at a special reception held last night in the Macmillan Room in the House of Commons, where the awards were presented by The Home Secretary and NRAS Patron, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
The biennial Healthcare Champions Awards is an important occasion organised by NRAS to raise awareness of the chronic autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis and celebrate the dedication, professionalism and excellent care given by those healthcare professionals that go ‘the extra mile’ to provide the best possible outcomes for the many people coping with this disease, while also working in the challenging environment of the NHS reforms.
The team were honoured for their professionalism and excellence of care, described by the nominees as ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ to get ‘the best possible outcome in the treatment for RA’.
NRAS members across the UK were asked to nominate their choices of healthcare professionals for the Awards and the response was phenomenal. A wide variety of nominations were received from whole rheumatology units, consultants, specialist nurses and GPs. A special panel of judges was then convened to choose the entries that best met the following criteria:
• Provides a rheumatology service that really meets patients’ needs
• Treats patients holistically i.e. as individuals with individual needs and preferences
• Involves their patients in decisions about their individual care
• Goes that extra mile to listen, to care and to educate their patients about their disease, options and next steps in their care pathway
• Fights for their patients if they need treatment for which funding has become difficult.
Lead rheumatology nurse specialist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary Moira McDonald, who collected the award on behalf of the team, said: “As a nurse everything we do is about working to improve the overall patient experience and offering the patient the best care we can. We are delighted to have been nominated for this NRAS award and feel it is very special because the nomination was by a patient who herself struggles with her condition every day, yet she took the time and effort to nominate us. It is very humbling. “
In front of a packed audience, the winners and attendees also heard a keynote speech from Professor Stephen Bevan, Chair of Fit for Work UK, which had earlier in the day launched a major new report called ‘Life and employment opportunities of young people with chronic conditions’, detailing the devastating impacts of diseases like RA on the career prospects and emotional self-confidence of young people.
Delighted with their win, Alan Hunter, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s General Manager for Emergency Care and Medical Services said:
“It is really great news that the team from Glasgow Royal Infirmary were given this award from The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Our Rheumatology team is committed to delivering the best possible care for our patients living with RA .To be nominated for this Award directly by the patients therefore means a great deal and the team are rightly very proud of this achievement.”
Commenting on the NRAS Healthcare Champions Awards Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive, NRAS said:
“Many congratulations to the team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on winning this Award through your passion and commitment to providing such excellent care in RA. Once again I am enormously impressed by the dedication of our health professionals in RA and so proud that for the fourth time, we are having the opportunity to celebrate the good work of our Healthcare Champions. I would like to thank all those who wrote in with their nominations and applaud all our winners for their professionalism and excellence of care.”
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Daniela Boyd-Waters, Media & Communications Officer, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
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Case studies & spokespeople:
• Ailsa Bosworth, CEO, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Notes for Editors:
1. RA is a chronic, progressive and disabling autoimmune disease, which chiefly impacts upon joints but can also affect other organs such as the heart, eyes and lungs. RA is often confused with osteoarthritis, which is a different disease caused by wear and tear of the joints as we get older. RA impacts heavily on people of working age affecting around 700,000 of the UK adult population, with approximately 26,000 new diagnoses each year.
2. The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) was launched in October 2001 and in a relatively short time has become established as the campaigning voice in the UK for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. NRAS provides a total one-stop-shop with support, information and advocacy for all people in the UK with RA or Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, their carers and families. NRAS has a national volunteer network, a group of people with the disease who provide peer to peer support and provide additional resource to help NRAS in many different ways http://www.nras.org.uk
3. Winners of the NRAS HEALTHCARE CHAMPION AWARD:
WINNER NAME & LOCATION:
Dr Alistair Hepburn, Consultant Rheumatologist at Worthing Hospital and Pam Davies, Physiotherapist, Worthing Hospital
Dr Clare Farrer – GP, the Barn Surgery, Ferring and Sheree Hepburn, Phlebotomist, The Barn Surgery, Ferring
Dr Deborah Lane, GP, Forest Health Care, Gloucestershire
Rheumatology team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Teresa Jewell, Rheumatoid Specialist Nurse, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
Rheumatology Team at Minerva Centre, Deepdale, Preston
Rheumatology Nurses, Angela Lawrence, Linda Longmore, Hannah Duggins at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sheelagh Baldry, Occupational therapist and Kay West, Physiotherapist , James Cook University Hospital , Middlesbrough
Basingstoke and Winchester Rheumatology Teams
Jean McMillan, Rheumatology Unit, Wrexham
Dr Chris Deighton and his rheumatology team, Derby Royal Hospital, Derby