Final call for entries for NICE's Shared Learning Awards
NICE is calling on organisations concerned with the care, treatment or prevention of health conditions to enter the 2011 Shared Learning Awards.
Now in their sixth year, the awards were established to recognise and reward innovative ways of using NICE guidance within the NHS, local authorities, and voluntary organisations and to encourage shared learning.
Interested organisations have just under one month left to enter the awards and be in with a chance of presenting their work at the NICE annual conference to be held in Birmingham in May this year, where the overall winner will be announced.
Former winners include a specialist eye service in Birmingham that used NICE guidance to help save the sight of nearly 450 people in its first year, and the Staffordshire branch of the national charity Addaction for putting NICE public health guidance on needle and syringe programmes into practice to improve the quality of their local service.
Other examples include a project carried out by NHS Leicester City to support practices in the prescribing of statins for patients at risk of developing heart disease, NHS Gloucestershire's three-year programme to promote physical activity in an attempt to tackle some of the highest levels of childhood obesity seen in England, and a community-based falls prevention service that was set up by Isle of Anglesey County Council to reduce the number of falls among people over 65.
Val Moore, Implementation Programme Director at NICE, said:“The aim of the Shared Learning Awards is to recognise and reward organisations who have actively tried to find new ways of working to implement NICE guidance and ultimately improve health and wellbeing for patients and their families or the broader public.
“Some examples may not have worked brilliantly at every stage or produced large scale results, but that doesn't matter. The awards are a platform for organisations to share their stories so that others can learn from them.
“This ‘shared learning' is important in helping the NHS, charities, local authorities and others find effective ways to put NICE guidance into practice. This is why we are encouraging as many organisations as possible to enter these awards.”
To be in with a chance of winning, organisations should submit their examples to the NICE shared learning database, which is online at http://www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning
Nominations close on 11 February 2011 and NICE will announce the shortlisted entries in March.
13 January 2011