NICE on the hunt for entries for its 2013 Shared Learning Awards

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is reminding NHS trusts, local authorities, charities, and even corporate HR departments and small businesses to shout about how they use NICE guidance or quality standards to provide the best care and support for patients, service users and their families, employees, or the public. The best examples will be shortlisted for a prestigious NICE Shared Learning Award, and the winner chosen by the audience at the 2013 NICE Annual Conference.

Dr Topun Austin, Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, whose work with colleagues won a Shared Learning Award earlier this year, said: “My team used NICE guidance on therapeutic hypothermia to design a coordinated regional cooling service for newborn infants starved of oxygen at birth, to reduce the chance of the child developing lifelong severe brain damage. Once the project began, we saw improvements in several areas, including faster referrals and treatment beginning sooner, all of which meant more positive outcomes for the infants.

“It was an honour to be shortlisted and given the opportunity to present our work to our peers at the NICE conference. There was a diverse range of initiatives shortlisted and the other finalists involved topics from alcohol abuse dependency, to chronic obstructive airway disease. It was a real privilege to win against so many impressive initiatives.”

NICE's annual Shared Learning Awards recognise and celebrate services and organisations that share their knowledge with others on ways to use NICE guidance to improve services and care for patients, or the health and wellbeing of employees or the general public, and the lessons that were learnt along the way.

These awards are open to any organisation involved in implementing NICE guidance, including using NICE quality standards. This includes NHS services in acute, community or primary care, local authorities, care homes, charities or perhaps even private workplaces that have learnt from putting NICE guidance in place to look after the wellbeing of their service users, customers and staff.

Val Moore, Implementation Programme Director at NICE, says that in the current economic climate, finding cost-effective ways to deliver high quality care and support is vital: “These are changing and indeed challenging times for health and social care professionals faced with budgetary restrictions and service reform. This is why now more than ever before, finding innovative ways to implement NICE standards and guidance is paramount. The annual NICE Shared Learning Awards provide organisations implementing NICE guidance and using quality standards with an excellent opportunity for recognition. All the local practice examples, accessible year round in the Shared Learning database, are highly valued by peers across the country providing insights into approaches taken to change practice and their results.”

Following his team's award win, Dr Austin says the Cambridgeshire-based neonatal service is going from strength to strength: “The service is progressing really well, so much so that we have been given funding by the region for permanent specialist staff. This means we can continue to train medical and nursing professionals while also providing a high level of care and support to newborn babies and their families.”

To be in with a chance of winning a NICE Shared Learning Award, organisations are being asked to submit their examples to the NICE shared learning database. NICE is particularly keen to hear of initiatives where quality standards are being used to improve and measure quality of care and services.

Nominations for the 2013 Shared Learning Awards close on 31 January 2013 and NICE will announce the shortlisted entries in March. All those shortlisted will have the opportunity to present their work at the NICE conference to be held in Birmingham in May 2013, where the overall winner will be announced.


Notes to Editors

  • The 2012 winner of the NICE Shared Learning Awards was a regional cooling service set up by the East of England Perinatal Networks and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that used NICE guidance on therapeutic hypothermia to reduce brain injury in newborn babies. Dr Topun Austin discusses this service and their Shared Learning Award win in a podcast on the NICE website.
  • More details about the 2012 winners and the other award nominees.
  • The awards are an extension of the NICE shared learning database, which was launched in 2006. It highlights how NICE guidance is being implemented locally to help organisations share practice and learn from one another.
  • Organisations can search the database, or submit their own examples of putting NICE guidance into practice. All examples added to the database will automatically be entered into the Shared Learning Awards.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified on Monday 18 March 2013 and invited to present posters of their work at the NICE conference at the ICC in Birmingham on 14-15 May 2013. The overall winner of the Awards will be decided and announced at the conference.
  • The overall winner of the Shared Learning Awards will receive a trophy and there will also be certificates presented to highly commended entries.

About NICE

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health

2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

3. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients

4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

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