The 2014 BMA Patient Information Awards were presented on Tuesday.
The first prize of BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year was awarded to the Physical Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Service User and Carers, produced by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The leaflet is part of the Trusts aim to give patients the best care by helping them to look after their physical health and wellbeing at home, and also won the Self Care Award.
Catherine Macadam, the Chair of the BMA Patient Liaison Group, praised ‘the clarity of the information presented and the beautiful use of colour, particularly from the users’ artwork, which make this an exceptional resource.’
138 resources were entered in to the Patient Information Awards with prizes awarded for categories including innovation, long-term conditions, screening and self-care.
The resource combines a ‘recovery pack’ and website that has reduced the amount of time that patients spend in hospital following a hip or knee replacement.
The award was presented by PiF’s Sarah Smith who praised it as an excellent resource: ‘It’s been well thought out and has a clear purpose and objective. The mix of formats is good, the summary is helpful and the exercises are particularly well explained. It’s practical and tells patients what they need to know.’
The award for the best publication regarding long-term conditions was won by Diabetes UK for Type 2 Diabetes and Me, an e-learning programme which seeks to help adults who have recently been diagnosed to understand and manage their diabetes more confidently.
It was praised by its reviewer as a “good e-learning package for diabetes which is simple to use and easy to navigate. It gives users a wide variety of formats, quizzes, films and different ways to interact with the information which focuses on day to day needs and practical strategies.”
Target Ovarian Cancer’s Clinical Trials Information Centre won the User Involvement Award. This a simple online tool to enable discussion between women and their clinicians and to support them to find the right trials. Its reviewer, Wayne Middleton, PiF Board member and project development manager at Luto, described it as ‘a fantastic, well-designed resource for people searching for trials’.
More information about the Awards and all the winners can be found on the BMA website.