The British Heart Foundation was proud to honour those working to change the heart health of the nation at the BHF Alliance’s awards at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester.
The awards were presented at an awards dinner that recognised the staff and organisations that have shown particular excellence in cardiovascular care over the past year.
2015 Alliance award winners
Leadership and Engagement - Sara Harris, Chain of Survival County Coordinator North West Ambulance Service
As a senior paramedic, Sara’s passion for saving lives reaches much farther than her job as a paramedic. She has given much of her time outside of work to promoting and teaching CPR and AED training to members of the community and in schools. Sara has also been actively campaigning for legislation to make AED placement in every public building and CPR training mandatory in schools.
Team of the Year - Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Team, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
The innovative Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Team at the Salford Royal Foundation trust identified an inequity of rehabilitation programmes to suit the specific needs of patients diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial Disease. In March 2014 they pioneered a new rehabilitation model and developed partnerships with medical practitioners to ensure patients received the support and attention they required.
Integrated Care - Carmarthenshire Heart Failure Team
Carmarthenshire Heart Failure service caters for the needs of patients and their carers from diagnosis through palliative care and death. It transcends primary, secondary & tertiary care, social care and voluntary agencies facilitating the concept of seamless and integrated management, ensuring that care is provided at "the right time, right place and by the right person".
The team aims to provide a high quality, evidence based service, encapsulating the early stages of diagnosis; optimisation of evidence based pharmacological and self-care strategies and interventional treatments.
The heart failure team prioritised education and training for primary, secondary and social care services, aiming to provide a systematic and strategic improvement in the management of heart failure patients throughout Carmarthenshire.
Rising Star - Sarah Briggs, Heart Failure Specialist Nurse, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah’s dedication to her role as Heart Failure Specialist nurse has led her to develop an innovative telehealth programme aimed at educating patients in self-management and symptom recognition. The programme has been received so positively and has had an impact on reducing avoidable hospital admission that it has been considered for other disease areas within the trust. Aside from this, Sarah has worked relentlessly to improve access to care for patients, often working in conjunction with her patients to promote and spread awareness of heart failure.
BHF Champion - Lisa Jackson, BHF supporter
“Keep healthy and keep the heart wealthy" a mantra heard the length and breadth of Nottingham from the larger than life Patty Dumplin, a fictional character created by actor Lisa Jackson. Lisa, through her character of Patty Dumplin, has been able to communicate with the communities at grass roots level using the medium of comedy to get the very serious health message across. Patty has been involved in the launch of "Come nyam wid me" an initiative to promote healthy eating by working with Caribbean restaurants across Nottingham. Patty has also been the star turn in setting up Reggae-aerobics classes which are still almost 3 years later going strong.
In the last year Lisa has taken Patty further afield than Nottingham through a series of live appearances in Derby, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield, Bristol and London.
The Alliance membership scheme brings healthcare professionals together to share best practice and develop their skills to give the best possible care to cardiovascular patients and people at high risk of cardiovascular disease across the UK.
The awards this year mark the one year anniversary of the BHF Alliance membership programme, created to build on our informed and engaged network of heart health practitioners to raise the standard of care for the seven million people in the UK affected by cardiovascular disease.