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Hospital students and staff triumph at health education awards

Two wins and a highly commendable scheme at West Middlesex Hospital are cause for celebration

Staff at West Middlesex Hospital win Health Education North West London (HENWL) Awards - Postgraduate medical student, Georgie Gould, winner of outstanding learner contribution to patient care

Staff at West Middlesex Hospital walked away with three wins at the first ever Health Education North West London (HENWL) awards ceremony.

Postgraduate medical student, Georgie Gould, scooped top place for outstanding learner contribution to patient care; while the Perinatal Mental Health team won the award for network-wide innovatory education between primary and secondary care sectors.

The third was a highly commended award which went to the HEADS-UP team for the best example of inter-professional learning in secondary care.

Perinatal Mental Health team: Dr Elizabeth Davison, Louise Page, and Joanna Girling

Miss Gould, a final-year student at Barts and The London Medical School, was nominated for her motivation and enthusiasm during a five-week work placement in the maternity unit where she completed a project on high risk obstetrics which was presented nationally, and led to update in patient information leaflets.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won and I owe huge thanks to the consultants who supervised my placement and, in particular, Joanna Girling who nominated me.

"The team created an incredibly supportive learning environment and I really enjoyed working with them on my placenta praevia project which was then accepted at the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society conference.

"I'm thrilled that it has now led to an update in the patient information leaflet and hope that this helps to better inform those who need it.”

The event celebrated students and staff from across the NHS who have contributed to raising care standards locally and excelled in training and education, and was held on June 29.

HEADS-UP project members Dr Iain Beveridge and Dr Sam Pannick

The Perinatal Mental Health project, launched in October 2014, which supports women before and after childbirth with health services such as depression, were also winners on the night.

Miss Louise Page, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said: "The success of the project has been due to the collaboration between different specialities in both primary and secondary care, which will have a long standing positive impact on the care we offer women and their families.”

The HEADS-UP scheme, which was launched in December 2013, was highly commended for its improvement to patient care and staff experience, including better timeliness of patients' discharge.

Teams discuss challenges, what can be done to overcome them, and if not, record and escalate them.

Dr Sam Pannick, one of the programme leaders, said: “This recognises the hard work of all the different professionals who have contributed to HEADS-UP so far.

"We were particularly pleased that the judges recommended that it be shared across the region, showing how West Mid is leading the way in this sector.”

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