BHF Alliance Awards 2018
The BHF Alliance awards celebrate the inspirational work of our members in improving care for patients suffering from or at risk of heart disease.
Alliance Award winners 2018
We are delighted to announce the winners of the BHF Alliance Awards 2018.
Winners were presented with a trophy and certificate at a ceremony on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2018 in Manchester.
Winner: Arlene Cobban, Heart Disease Managed Clinical Network Manager, NHS Fife
Arlene has helped make significant clinical improvements that have had an enormous impact on the way people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are cared for across Fife. In her role at the Managed Clinical Network, she brings together health professionals and organisations from local GPs to specialist cardiologists, and works with patients and carers to ensure they are able to participate and contribute.
Arlene also supports patient support groups and promotes the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers programme, as well as raising awareness of heart conditions.
Highly commended: Kevin McGibbon, Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist, The University Hospitals of the North Midlands
Kevin drives forward atrial fibrillation (AF) awareness and promotes best practice with clinicians, developing posters on detecting AF and ensuring irregular pulses are correctly recorded on IT systems. He also implemented a pulse-checking system at the hospital entrance using an old iPad so patients could easily be checked for AF.
Winner: Nerys Ubsdell, Arrhythmia Nurse, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Swansea
Nerys works with GPs and various community cardiac services to identify patients who would benefit from primary prevention and complex cardiac devices such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers.
She has established screening clinics for patients to attend either in their GP surgery or the cardiac centre out-patients department, and provides essential information and support to her patients.
Highly commended: Nigel Bond, Cardiology Specialist Nurse – Chest Pain, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales
Nigel has led the development of community-based cardiac services that have successfully reduced waiting times, and is committed to providing holistic care that puts the patient and their family first.
Shortlisted: Haotian Gu, Research Fellow / Clinical Scientist, King's College London & St Thomas' Hospital
Winner: The Integration of Peterborough Cardiac Rehabilitation and Psychological Wellbeing Services, North West Anglia NHSFT and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHSFT
These services were recognised for their work to improve care for people recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery. They redesigned their service to incorporate psychological support from colleagues providing a psychological wellbeing service.
Both services worked together to fast-track patients onto appropriate psychological interventions, helping to improve patients’ recovery and reduce hospital readmissions.
Highly commended: Electrophysiology Team, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
This multi-disciplinary team redesigned their AF ablation clinics, which were in extremely high demand, to include group education sessions. As well as reducing clinician workload, the sessions also allowed patients to meet and network with other people with AF.
Shortlisted: South East Hants and Fareham and Gosport Community Heart Failure Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Leadership & Engagement
Winner: Lisa Gritzmacher, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Clinical Nurse Specialist, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Lisa has shaped FH testing services across the South West of England, and streamlined processes that allow clinicians to receive results from genetics labs much more quickly. She has also campaigned nationally about the need for FH services, speaking to MPs at an All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting last year. Her peers say that her engaging leadership style has inspired others to specialise in cardiac care.
Highly commended: Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist in CVD, AHSN Network & Health Innovation Network South London
Helen has spearheaded several innovative models of care in London, such as a virtual clinic model in which specialist cardiovascular pharmacists from secondary care visit GP practices to discuss the patients on the AF register and provide support in prescribing appropriate treatments.
Shortlisted: Frances Divers, Nurse Consultant, NHS Lothian / Scottish Government CR Clinical Champion
Shortlisted: Julie Holroyd, Consultant Cardiology Nurse, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
Team of the Year
Winner: Crail Medical Practice, Parkhead, Glasgow
The team of three GPs, a practice nurse, a healthcare assistant, pharmacist, and administrative staff at Crail Medical Practice have shown dedicated to overcoming challenges in a deprived area with higher-than-average levels of heart and circulatory disease.
The team have developed a more patient-centred approach to the management of long-term conditions, such as a pharmacist-led blood pressure clinic, and a weekly walking group for patients to boost physical activity levels.
Highly commended: Yorkshire and Humber Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Service Specialist Nurse Team, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
As well as delivering a very successful FH cascade testing service, the team has delivered a package of education for health care practitioners across primary and secondary care to increase awareness of the condition and ensure best practice guidelines are followed.
Shortlisted: Carmarthenshire Heart Failure Team, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Shortlisted: Nurse-led Cardiac Assessment Unit, Western Trust
The BHF Alliance awards are judged in two separate stages by a panel of cardiology and healthcare experts who rate nominations on several categories, including how teams and individuals have gone above and beyond the basic requirements of their role.
For more stories about healthcare professionals who have improved patient care through innovation, see our Profile section to hear about how our Alliance award winners from 2017 have shaped heart care in their areas.
Read the profiles