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Final call for entries as NICE seeks to honour health conscious projects with Shared Learning Awards

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is calling on organisations concerned with the care, treatment or prevention of health conditions to enter the 2011 NICE Shared Learning Awards. With just one month to go before applications close, NICE wants to hear from any organisation which has tried new ways of working to put NICE guidance into practice to benefit patients and their families, or the public.

The NICE Shared Learning Awards seek to recognise 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. Any organisation involved in implementing NICE guidance, including NICE quality standards, may apply. This includes NHS services, local authorities, charities or perhaps even restaurants or private workplaces who have tried putting NICE guidance in place to look after the wellbeing of their customers and staff. To be in with a chance of winning, organisations are being asked to submit their examples to the NICE shared learning database.

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.

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.”

Nominations for the 2011 Shared Learning Awards close on 11 February 2011 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 2011, where the overall winner will be announced.

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Notes to Editors

  • 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 by 7 March 2011 and invited to present posters of their work at the NICE conference at the ICC in Birmingham in May 2011. 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.
  • See the lists of previous winners.

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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