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2018 Winners

posted 6 Aug 2018, 04:20 by Cherelle Augustine
There were three award categories and fifteen entries from NIHR CLAHRC  funded and supported work across the Capital. Winners were awarded with an opportunity to work with graphic illustrator  Sandra Howgate to prepare a visual representation of their work to promote and share their story with others.

The award winners for 2018 were:

Influence Award

Sophia Kotzamanis with Simon Denegri OBE

Sophia Kotzamanis – a parent representative for BUDS [Better Use of data to improve parent satisfaction), an initiative aiming to improve the experience parents have when their baby is admitted to a neonatal unit.

About BUDS  

The BUDS project (Better Use of Data to Improve Parent Satisfaction) is a research driven improvement project to improve the experience of parents whose babies’ require neonatal care. BUDS is funded by the NIHR CLAHRC NWL and through an NIHR doctoral research fellowship award for the BUDS clinical lead Dr Susanna Sakonidou until December 2019. It is supported by BLISS (The National Charity for the Newborn UK) and the Imperial College Neonatal Research group and is based at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

Graphic Illustrator: Sandra Howgate


Sophia has since been awarded an NIHR CLAHRC NWL Improvement Leader Fellowship of which she will continue her work with BUDS to explore the feasibility and impact of a parent support role on parent experience in the neonatal unit.


Team Award

Susan Barber, IBD Team and Simon Denegri

St Mark’s Hospital Patient-Centred Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Care Model Team at London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust – The team involved patients and the public in a programmes to improve outpatient monitoring for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) by addressing the mismatch between ‘need’ and ‘access’ to services.

Graphic Illustrator: Sandra Howgate

The Patient-Centred Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Care Model Team were shortlisted for the BMJ Patient Partnership Award 2018 and are highly commended by BMJ for Patient Partnership. 


Researcher Award



Stuart Green, Public Health Research Fellow based at Imperial College London – Stuart was an integral part of a quality improvement initiative within a mental health trust which aimed to improve cardiometabolic screening of patients through the introduction of a comprehensive physical health assessment.

Graphic Illustrator: Sandra Howgate

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