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posted 14 Jul 2015, 04:32 by Derryn Lovett   [ updated 14 Jul 2015, 05:29 ]
Four Fellows from NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London win one of the coveted HSJ top 50 Patient Leaders’ awards

The Health Service Journal announced its 50 foremost patient and citizen leaders in healthcare in an event at the Patient Safety Congress in Birmingham.

The inaugural Patient Leaders’ awards recognise the full breath of patients’ and citizens’ role in healthcare. This includes individuals shaping national policy and influencing the NHS nationally and those making waves through being involved in their own care.

When considering what makes a “patient leader” the judges decided to include those individuals whose experience of care – either directly as a patient or indirectly as a carer – had shaped their leadership. The judges also looked at demonstrable impact, inspiration and how had their ideas or actions improved delivery of services.
Four of the winners, Nicola Kingston, Alison Cameron, David Gilbert and Alex Silverstein, have all completed the highly valued Fellowship programme run by NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London.

The aim of the Fellowship programme is to build capacity in quality improvement and research by developing future leaders with the authority and ability to improve patient care across Northwest London and beyond.

The Fellowship builds upon the extensive experience of the NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London in working with frontline teams to deliver improvements in patient care across the sector. Training is both theoretical and practical in context, enabling individuals to understand the robust academic evidence available, and to pragmatically apply this learning to their workplace.

Commenting on the awards Professor Derek Bell, Director of NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London said

“I’m delighted that four of our Fellows have been recognised in this way. It demonstrates that our work really does have an impact on patients and healthcare at both a regional and national level. We encourage our fellows to apply innovative thought and strong leadership to address challenges in the NHS.”

The Fellowship programme sits within the NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London’s cross cutting theme of Collaborative Learning and Partnerships. The theme is open to the wide range of frontline NHS health professionals and academic staff, and patients across the sector and increases capacity, in research and improvement.

The inaugural Patient Leaders awards