The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £10,000 and £1.5 million. Applicants must target community health needs in the UK. Community can be defined as a geographical community or a community of interest. Organisations must also have a track record of achievement in community health issues. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 September 2012.
The winners of the BMJ Group Improving Health awards were announced this week. The award for best Healthcare Communication Campaign, which recognises a campaign or a communication to educate patients on health, was 90TEN with 56 Dean Street, G-A-Y club and Boyz Magazine. The team developed a community led health campaign to raise awareness of the importance of regular HIV testing among London’s gay men. The Guinness World Record Attempt to carry out as many HIV tests as possible gained widespread support, over 467 people were tested at G-A-Y bar (breaking the world record) and the project raised over £12,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The campaign was widely reported by gay media agencies and was widely tweeted and blogged during the day.
BCS Health Scotland are pleased to announce the NHS Scotland eHealth Awards 2012 are now open for nominations. The 2012 eHealth Awards provide and opportunity to show your colleagues and peers what work has been going on in your board. Winners receive prizes, but more importantly recognition among your profession for your achievements. The award categories for 2012 include Best NHS Scotland use of innovative IT for patient care – the award will go to the most innovative product in use within a clinical setting for direct patient care.
Eight charities have all won GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health.The awards run in partnership with The King’s Fund, gives £25,000 for each organisation, providing essential funding during a time of financial challenges, and training to take their organisation to the next level. This year’s winners cover a wide range of services and disease areas. They include a national charity aiming to reduce the number of deaths from ovarian cancer and supporting those with the disease, a Cornish centre providing support for women who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse and a Scottish organisation providing healthy living interventions for rural communities affected by mine closures.
Have you been able to exploit the explosive growth of social media to engage the general public? Then enter the Best use of social media in healthcare category at this year’s EHI Awards, in association with BT. Media such as Twitter and Facebook can be useful tools to seek out hard-to-reach groups or deliver information to support specific campaigns. But there are many other forms of social media and their functions include listening as well as giving out messages. EHI want to hear about the best examples of social media use in this category. Last years winner was for Interactive health services by digital TV and mobile phone at NHS Sefton, and David Hammond from their team is coming to speak at the PiF conference next week. The deadline for entries is 1 June 2012.
NHS Lothian’s work in delivering heightened levels of patient-focussed care, by turning a hospital ward into a home environment, was the unanimous winner at the Patient Experience Network’s National Awards (PENNA) 2011 last week. Knowsley Health and Wellbeing won two awards, claiming top spot in the Communicating Effectively with Patients and Familiesand Personalisation of Care categories. The Trust’s work in supporting patients suffering from cardio vascular diseases and strokes – and tackling the unplanned care costs associated with both conditions – has led to huge improvements being delivered at its three hospitals in Merseyside.
The BMJ Group have launched the 2012 BMJ Group Improving Health Awards. The Awards are run by doctors to recognise the hard work of fellow doctors who are making a difference to the lives of their patients. One of the categories for 2012 is Healthcare Communication Campaign, which recognises a campaign or a communication to educate patients on health. The award is open to UK health campaigners, journalists, broadcasters and healthcare communications agencies, patient groups, commercial organisations, charities, and government agencies. The closing date for entries is 28 February 2012.
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Libraries Change Lives Award is established as one of the leading accolades in the library and information world. The Award highlights and rewards good practice in any innovative library and information projects. They welcome entries from any sector of the library and information world. They could be reading projects, learning projects, or projects that promote information. They must be shown to have affected people’s lives for the better, whoever those people might be. The overall winner will receive a trophy and prize money of £4,000. Entries for the 2012 awards close on Monday 13 February 2012.