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2015 QuDoS in MS Awards winners announced

Posted in Awards & Appointments on 16th Nov 2015

The winners of the 2015 QuDoS (Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services) in MS Awards were announced on 7th November at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, prior to the MS Trust Annual Conference.

The QuDoS in MS Awards programme is a pharmaphorum initiative supported by the MS Trust and sponsored by a number of pharmaceutical companies, including BiogenGenzyme and Novartis.

These awards highlight innovation and excellence in MS management and service delivery and also recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and teams in improving the quality of life and experience of care for those with MS.

The Outstanding MS specialist nurse category received a large number of entries, and Sian Locke, Helen Durham Centre, University Hospital of Wales, and Liz Watson, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were announced as joint winners.

Wendy Hendrie, specialist physiotherapist in MS at the Norwich MS Centre and Co-Chair of Therapists in MS (TiMS) won the Outstanding allied health professional category for her work in promoting services provided to people in MS, and was recognised as a physiotherapy leader.

Michael Douglas, Consultant Neurologist at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust took the trophy for the Outstanding neurologist in MS treatment for establishing and leading the Trust’s MS service. This is an excellent example of a first-class specialised service provided in a decentralised manner to optimise responsiveness to patients’ needs.

Teams from throughout the UK were also commended in the multidisciplinary team of the year category for their delivery of comprehensive, coordinated and easily accessible services to people affected by MS. The winning team was announced as Tayside and North East Fife MS Service.

The fifth category of the evening was Innovation in practice – pathway redesign to promote seamless services between hospital and community. Derek Laidler, team leader physiotherapist at NHS Highland, and Andrea James, lead exercise instructor from Lorn and Oban Healthy Options, were announced as winners for the rehabilitation pathway they developed together for people with MS.

The Information in practice – outstanding use of information and shared decision making in MS care – category celebrated the importance of high quality information to support people affected by MS to make the choices that are right for them. Winner of this category was Professor Gavin Giovannoni from Barts Health NHS Trust for the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) risk communication information resource he developed to allow people with MS to make more informed choices about their treatment.

The Evidence in practice – using audit, evaluation or research to improve user experience or outcomes of care – category winner was the MS Aqua Research Team (MSART) from the University of Brighton and Burrswood Hospital for their aquatic physiotherapy (AP) service.

Two Judges’ Special Awards were given for innovation and excellence in MS service management and delivery. The first was awarded to the Family Focused Support Team from the Oxford Centre for Enablement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the innovative ‘In the Know about MS’ day they developed for children who have a parent with MS.

The second of these awards was presented to Christine Singleton, specialist physiotherapist and clinical lead for the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) service at West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre (WMRC). Her leadership skills and ability to motivate others have inspired her colleagues.

Further information on all finalists will be featured on QuDoS (www.qudos-ms.com) in the next few weeks and the 2016 programme will launch during MS Awareness Week on Monday 25 April.

Visit www.qudos-ms.com for further information on this year’s winners and shortlisted finalists.

2015 winners:

Outstanding MS specialist nurse

Sian Locke, Helen Durham Centre, Cardiff and Vale Health Board, University Hospital of Wales

Liz Watson, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Outstanding allied health professional working in MS

Wendy Hendrie, Norwich MS Centre

Outstanding neurologist in MS treatment

Michael Douglas, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Multidisciplinary team of the year

Tayside and North East Fife MS Service

Innovation in practice – pathway redesign to promote seamless services between hospital and community

Derek Laidler and Andrea James, NHS Highland and Lorn and Oban Healthy Options

Information in practice – outstanding use of information and shared decision making in MS care

PML risk communication information resource, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust

Evidence in practice – using audit, evaluation or research to improve user experience/outcomes of care

Multiple Sclerosis Aqua Research Team (MS ART), University of Brighton and Burrswood Hospital

Judges’ Special Award

Family Focused Support Team, Oxford Centre for Enablement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Christine Singleton, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust