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Healthcare professionals encouraged to share their story on using NICE guidance for prestigious award

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) would like to encourage any organisation which has tried creative new ways to put NICE guidance into practice, to enter the 2012 NICE Shared Learning Awards. To be in with a chance of winning, organisations should submit their examples to the NICE Shared Learning database.

The awards seek to recognise services and organisations that have developed effective ways to put NICE guidance into practice and want to share their experiences with others. Any organisation that uses NICE guidance is encouraged to apply. This includes NHS services, local authorities, charities, community groups or even private workplaces.

Last year's winner was the home haemodialysis team based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, which supports and empowers patients to perform haemodialysis at home, avoiding the need for regular trips to hospital. Despite home haemodialysis improving outcomes for patients, uptake across the country is still very low. This programme in Manchester is a real example of innovative thinking driving up patient care and delivering excellent results.

Nominations for the 2012 Shared Learning Awards close on 31 January 2012 and NICE will announce the shortlisted entries in March. Shortlisted finalists will have a NICE poster produced about their work, and the opportunity to present their project at the NICE Annual Conference 2012, which takes place in Birmingham on 15-16 May, to an audience of health and social care professionals, managers and commissioners from across the UK. The overall winner of the 2012 NICE Shared Learning Award will be voted for by the Conference delegates.

Val Moore, Implementation Programme Director at NICE, said: “The awards are a platform for organisations to share their stories so that others can learn from them. It doesn't matter if some examples may not have worked brilliantly at every stage or produced large scale results; we still want to hear from you. Bringing together knowledge in this way is a crucial part of improving the way the health and social care community makes use of its resources and helps share valuable lessons.”

Sandip Mitra, Consultant Renal Physician, Manchester Royal Infirmary, said: “The NICE Sharing Learning Award is a great platform to showcase innovative approaches and solutions to using NICE guidance. It was very simple to enter our example online.

“There was a great atmosphere at the 2011 NICE annual conference in Birmingham where work from a wide range of healthcare disciplines was displayed or presented to professionals and policy makers. This enabled networking and facilitated cross learning between disciplines.

“We were delighted to win the 2011 NICE Shared Learning Award which has motivated the team in Manchester. I would recommend all clinical teams participate in the 2012 Shared Learning Awards by submitting their examples to make sure they don't miss out on this excellent opportunity.”

Gerald Ellis, Business Manager, Retford Health, said: “We produced a new obesity care pathway to translate NICE obesity guidance into a local protocol, named “Chrysalis”, to help local people lose and maintain their weight. Submitting it to the NICE Shared Learning Database was straight-forward and the process helps you to evaluate and recognise what you have achieved.

“Within a few days we were advised that our submission was acceptable and had been added to the Shared Learning database, and after that were told we had been short-listed as one of 20 projects for the 2011 NICE Shared Learning Awards.

“NICE recognition was received very well by patients, staff and GPs, and gave the team a real sense of achievement in developing a quality service. The short-listing process allowed our service to be showcased at the NICE conference, providing further increased profile, networking and promotional opportunities. We would highly recommend health professionals submit examples of their own work to the NICE Shared Learning database.”

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About the Shared Learning Awards

1. The awards are an extension of the NICE shared learning database which was launched in 2006. It highlights how NICE guidance is being put into practice locally to help organisations share practice and learn from one another.

2. Organisations can search the database, or submit their own examples for putting NICE guidance into practice at www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning

3. All examples added to the database will automatically be entered into the Shared Learning Awards.

4. Shortlisted entries will be notified by 19 March 2012 and invited to present posters of their work at the NICE conference at the ICC in Birmingham in May 2012. The overall winner of the Awards will be decided and announced at the conference.

5. For information on the 20 projects presented at the NICE Annual Conference 2011, please download the NICE Shared Learning Booklet.

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 throughits 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.

This page was last updated: 28 November 2011

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