Advancing Healthcare Awards

AHA winner

10 / 11 / 2015 10.55am

Currently in its tenth year, these UK-wide awards recognise and reward allied health professionals and healthcare scientists that demonstrate innovation, creativity, leadership and compassion in their healthcare practice and make a real difference to the lives of patients. 

How to get involved

There are 13 categories this year and you can find out everything you need to know on the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2016 website. The closing date for all entries is Monday 25 January 2016. The awards are open to AHP's and healthcare scientists. 

2015 categories and winners

Public Health England Award for Contributions to Public Health

Sponsored by Public Health England, this award recognises allied health professionals or healthcare scientists who have demonstrated leadership and partnership working to deliver effective health improvement interventions at scale, or with the potential to be used at scale.

Winner - The Family Food First programme.
This programme is designed to tackle childhood obesity, tooth decay in young children and improve physical literacy. The aim was to improve the lifestyle of families with young children, particularly those on a low income. Find out more from

NHS Employers Award for Inspiring the Workforce of the Future

This award recognises and rewards people who are committed to inspiring the next generation of AHPs and healthcare scientists.

Winner - University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust came first due to their provision of innovative roles that lead, inspire and develop a truly modern scientific workforce that extends past cardiology into other physiological science themes. Find out more from

Unite the Union Award for Working Together

This award recognises outcomes that have been achieved resulting from genuine inter-professional collaboration. Unite was seeking an AHP or healthcare scientist who has played a leading role in innovative team working.

Winner - Improving audiological care for adults with learning disabilities using the 3As pathway at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
The 3As model aims to identify and remove barriers in Access, Assessment and Aftercare. Find out more from

The Scottish Government's award for Improving Quality; Measuring and Demonstrating Impact

Recognising AHPs and healthcare scientists who have transformed a service or services and in doing so are able to demonstrate an improved patient and staff experience.

Winner - NHS Lanarkshire brain injury services.
NHS Lanarkshire launched its brain injury team in May 2012. This service redesign involved the introduction of a new specialist AHP-led multidisciplinary, community-based rehabilitation service, providing patients with a single point of access to rehabilitation and links to other services. Find out more from

The Welsh Government Prudently Advancing Practice Award

This award recognises AHPs and healthcare scientists who innovately contribute and impact in an advanced practice role on patient care.

Winner - Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The winners of this award have introduced supplementary radiography non medical prescribing, and a system whereby cancer patients are reviewed by a specialist radiographer in a dedicated review clinic. Patients within are now reviewed weekly, or more frequently if necessary, with an approach that also takes into account their psychosocial needs. Find out more from

Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Support Worker or Technician Working Alongside an AHP or Healthcare Scientist

Open to support workers, assistant practitioners, technicians, apprentices or those with a similar title within an AHP or healthcare science team, this award aims to recognise and encourage their increasing contribution to improving patient outcomes.

Winner - Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The trust created an Accessing Communication Together (ACT) centre to increase the intensity and accessibility to communication therapy and support available for patients post stroke. Find out more from 

Chamberlain Dunn Learning Rising Star Award

This award looks for an AHP or healthcare scientist who has shown an exceptional level of initiative, skill and commitment in their role. Visit the Chamberlain Dunn website for a list of rising stars.

The Chief Scientific Officer's Award for Clinical Leadership

The Chief Scientific Officer award seeks to recognise healthcare scientists, at any stage of their career, who clearly demonstrate leadership for change in their everyday values and behaviours and in their focus on values-based outcomes for patient and public benefit.

Winner - Path Links Pathology now provide 24/7 365 days a week services for the benefit of the trust, service users and patients. The project has enabled staff to see the link between enhanced service provision and the positive impact on the patient pathway. Find out more from

IPEM Award for Patients as Partners in Science

This award recognises healthcare physicists or engineers who have successfully adapted or explained complex science to patients to improve their comfort, safety, treatment or understanding.

Winner - Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The team flet that if patients had a more thorough understanding of the processes and issues associated with radiotherapy, then they may have reduced anxiety regarding their treatment. They used patient education and radiotherpy learning software to explain and demonstrate treatment, including the mechanics, sounds and effects to give patients a better understanding of radiotherapy. Find out more from

The Academy for Healthcare Science Award for Innovation

This award is for an organisation, service, educational institution, professional body, or an individual that develops and encourages an environment that promotes innovation by healthcare scientists or through the healthcare science workforce.

Winner - Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The trust won this award for its SUDI box. The team aimed to create a coordinated system of obtaining and processing samples taken to help determine the cause of death in infants who die suddenly and unexpectedly (SUDI), within an emergency department setting. This helps enable them to maximise the time available to care for bereaved parents. Find out more from

The Chief Health Professions' Officer's Award for Clinical Leadership 

This award recognises AHPs, at any stage of their career, who demonstrate in their everyday behaviour and attitude the essence of leadership in the clinical setting putting patients' interests before all other considerations.

Winner - Non-medical prescribing in radiotherapy (see The Welsh Government prudently advancing practice award).

Allied Health Professions Federation Award for Integrated Care Delivery

This award is open to AHPs working across boundaries between health and social care/and or education. Entrants were asked to demonstrate excellent examples of how standards of care services have been improved by interdisciplinary working involving AHPs at the heart of positive change.

Winner and overall winner - NHS Ayrshire and Safeguarding Communities (SACRO).
The winner of this award was chosen for its Whole System Approach to Women which diverts women from the criminal justice and court systems, aiming to reduce offending behaviour and target the reasons for offending. It is the first initiative in Scotland that the team are aware of which involves partnership working between statutory and voluntary services across health, criminal justice, social and community organisations. Find out more from

The Northern Ireland Award for Maximising Resources for Success

This award recognises the crucial role of AHP leadership in driving forward service redesign to ensure safe, sustainable and effective quality services provided in the right place at the right time by the right people.

Winner - NHS Fife.
The team developed a cognitive and functional assessment clinic as a more efficient and timely way of assessing patients for dementia. Patients are now seen quicker and signposted to other support, as well as having better access to various evidence-based treatments. Find out more from

Further information

You can read more on the Advancing Healthcare Awards website. Photos from the 2015 awards ceremony are available here.

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