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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Radiographers honoured at AHA awards

AHA awards

From left: Roy Lilley, host; Rachel Shaw and Tracey Ellis, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England

Radiographers scooped a host of honours at the Advanced Healthcare Awards (AHA) held in London earlier this month.

The triumphant candidates were chosen ahead of fierce competition from other AHPs.

The AHA's, now in their ninth year, recognise projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

The awards are unique in that they are UK-wide and cover all these professional and specialists groups whose achievements so often go unnoticed.

Tracey Ellis, a consultant practitioner and Rachel Shaw, an advanced therapy radiographer, both from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were the winners of two awards.

The first was the Welsh Government’s Prudently Advancing Practice award. The pair were commended for introducing supplementary non-medical prescribing by radiographers, and a system for cancer patients to be reviewed by a specialist radiographer in a dedicated review clinic.

The second award won by Tracey and Rachel was the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Spotlight award for clinical leadership.

This is given to a team which has ‘demonstrated a number of attributes in their journey to deliver and improve patient-centred care. Rachel and Tracey demonstrated that they have recognised the need to introduce change within a multidisciplinary team and have demonstrated a keen awareness of clinical governance to ensure patient safety, while enhancing the patient experience.’

Michelle Hughes, a Macmillan patient information and support radiographer, and Victoria Sykes, a team leader, both from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, were also honoured.

They were highly commended in the IPEM award for Patients as Partners in Science, for their work in helping patients to have  a more thorough understanding of radiotherapy.

The team used the PEARL patient education and radiotherapy learning computer software program to help explain clinical decisions and procedures to patients better, and created departmental materials such as handbooks and posters to spread awareness.

Paul McCullough, Imaging Services Manager at InHealth MRI Centre, received a ‘Rising Star’ award and was commended for being ‘an intelligent and conscientious MRI radiographer’ and ‘deserving of the recognition as a rising star within health care’.

And last, but by no means least, Grainne Forsyth, a lead reporting radiographer and Julie McBride, a reporting radiographer from Southern Health and Social Care Trust, were finalists in the Northern Ireland award for Maximising Resources for Success.

The pair were recognised for their work in the plain film reporting service provided by their department.

You can visit the AHA website to read more about all the winners and finalists.

You can also see a full gallery of photo’s from the event via the AHA Flickr page.

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