The Shortlist

The Shortlist

Thank you to all those who entered the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2017.

Please see below for the shortlist and download a version by clicking here.  

To download the info sheet with the full list of categories and questions please click here

Awards open to both AHPs and Healthcare Scientists…

Category 1 The Welsh Government’s award for Prudently advancing practice Wales

Sponsored by  The Welsh Government

Minimising the negative impact on rehabilitation of visual deficits post stroke
Patrick Mccance, manager of orthoptic services and David Wright, lead orthoptist in stroke,
Western Health and Social Care Trust

Reducing the heat on sickness ‘hotspots’
Mathew Tidball, lead physiotherapist and Rachel Turner, lead occupational therapist
ABMU Health Board

The ESHT Swallow Disorder Clinic: a collaborative model between ENT and Speech
Anita Smith, consultant speech and language therapist
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Category 2 NHS Employers award for outstanding achievement by an apprentice, support worker or technician working alongside an AHP or healthcare scientist

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Sponsored by NHS Employers

Early years weight management service
Jennifer Hopton, community nutrition worker nominated by Gillian Steel, lead dietitian
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sovereign stroke rehabilitation group
Julie Spashett, physiotherapy assistant nominated by Debbie Soave, specialist neurophysiotherapist
Eastbourne District General Hospital and East Sussex NHS Trust

Water way forward
Cheryl McKee nominated by Pippa McCabe, lymphoedema clinical lead
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust


Category 3 HSL’s Rising Star award

Sponsored by Health Services Laboratories

Dimitra Verra, chronic disease management dietitian
Central London Community Healthcare Trust

Rachel Ball, dietitian
University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Mark Edwards, lead clinical scientist
ABMU Health Board

Fiona Brannon, music therapist
Warwickshire Music

Erin Wilson, specialist orthoptist
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust

Ruth Louise Poole, healthcare scientist
Cedar, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Category 4  The HEE/NIHR award for Research Champions   Health-Education-EnglandCOL

Sponsored bICA headery Health Education England and the National Institute for Health Research 

Transforming the landscape for clinical academic AHPs – The Leeds Way
Heidi Siddle, NIHR clinical lecturer and principal podiatrist
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Implementing and delivering clinical effectiveness within the allied health professions
Lisa Roberts, associate professor and consultant physiotherapist
University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Application of molecular typing in a routine clinical setting for the detection of cross transmission events linked to gram-negative bacteria
Elaine Cloutman-Green, clinical scientist infection prevention and control
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Category 5  The CDL award for entrepreneurshipCD-Learning-RGB-(H=150mm)

Sponsored by Chamberlain Dunn Learning 

Chroma therapies
Jo Godsal, dramatherapist and clinical services manager and Daniel Thomas, music therapist
Chroma Arts Therapies

Falls response service
Louise Davies, head of occupational therapy and Sam English, advanced paramedic
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and North West Ambulance Service

Squeezy – a pelvic floor muscle exercise app
Myra Robson, senior pelvic health physiotherapist and Wyc Slingsby, chief technical officer
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Propagator Ltd

Using apps for rehabilitation and the creation of
Ruth Siewruk, occupational therapist and Emma Cork, physiotherapist
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

Awards open to Healthcare Scientists only…


The Chief Scientific Officer’s award for Leadership is now part of the 2017 Healthcare Science Awards, also supported by Chamberlain Dunn, which will be held as part of the 2017 Chief Scientific Officer’s conference on 6 March 2017. For further information contact


Category 6 The Academy for Healthcare Science award for innovationAHCS_logo

Sponsored by the Academy for Healthcare Science

Pressure ulcer care innovation
Mark Bowtell, principal clinical scientist and Lorna Tasker, head of rehabilitation engineering
ABMU Health Board

Transforming healthcare science training for NHS staff
Antony Hill, associate head of the department of applied sciences and Julie Molled, OD consultant (scientific & clinical)
University of the West of England

Tackling health inequality with the ‘Anchor Model’
Doreen Russell, clinical physiology manager and Rob Peat, clinical respiratory physiologist
Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Category 7  The Scottish Government’s award for Driving SG logo(1)
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Sponsored by The Scottish Government

PRO BNP as a primary assessment for heart failure
Fiona McMillan, head of clinical physiology and Catrina MacGregor, HCS lead
NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Introduction of qFIT into the colonoscopy referal pathway
Ian Godber, consultant clinical scientist
NHS Lanarkshire

Redesigning the patient pathway for vestibular services
Caroline Rae, vestibular audiologist
NHS Tayside

Awards open to AHPs only…

Category 8 FPH and PHE Award for contributions to public healthPHE_LogoFPH logo 2747
Sponsored by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and Public Health England

An onward referral pathway for alcohol misuse – the experience of an ambulance service
Ruth Crabtree, public health lead and Tom Heywood, clinical manager – Pathways
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

‘time to talk’™ in Warwickshire
Melanie Packer, lead speech and language therapist and Deborah Powers, speech and language therapist
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

WoMMeN (Word of Mouth Mammogram e-Network)
Leslie Robinson, senior lecturer, diagnostic radiography
University of Salford

Providing NHS health checks and diabetes prevention checks in musculoskeletal physiotherapy services
Gillian Rawlinson, advanced MSK physiotherapy practitionerand Helen Slee, project manager, Salford NDPP
Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Haelo


Category 9 The Northern Ireland award for Maximising resources for successNEW Logo

Sponsored by Department of Health in Northern Ireland

Regional plastic surgery therapist- led clinic
Fiona Talbot, consultant hand therapist and Janey Milligan, consultant hand therapist
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Advancing practice of sonographers
Hazel McBurney and Bronagh O’Shea, sonographers
Southern Heath and Social Care Trust

Improving the management of diabetes foot ulceration: learning from a retrospective study
Julia Shaw, assistant podiatry manager and Linda Paine, specialist audit podiatrist
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Category 10 The Guardian Award for innovation in mental health services  

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Whatever works for you
Aisling Curran, occupational therapy manager (MH&LD)
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Voice of release
Lynsey Grierson, clinical specialist occupational therapist and Sheila Smyth, project manager
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and The Right Key

NetPark Wellbeing Project
Emma Mills, NetPark mental health wellbeing coordinator
Metal Arts Organisation

Wellbeing and social inclusion: the role of intensive interaction
Victoria Goody, chief executive
Us in a Bus

Music Mirrors
Heather Edwards, music therapist and Amy Semple, project manager, dementia
Music Mirrors and Health Innovation Network, South London

Category 11 The Macmillan award for Leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation

Sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support macmillan_logo

Physiotherapy pre and rehabilitation for prostate cancer patients
Tharma Ayton, clinical lead physiotherapist and Alison Robinson, clinical specialist physiotherapist
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The ‘Focusing on cancers chemotherapy’s untreated symptoms’ study
Laura Caley, research dietitian and Jervoise Andreyev, consultant gastroenterologist in pelvic radiation disease
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service a redesigned community, integrated model of care
Michelle Clark, Macmillan occupational therapist and Stephanie Pye, Macmillan physiotherapist
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Category 12 The Scottish Government’s award for improving quality: measuring and demonstrating impactSG logo(1)

Sponsored by The Scottish Government

The musculoskeletal advice and triage service
Fraser Ferguson, AHP lead
NHS 24

Revolutionising rehabilitation in critical care: the role of generic therapy support workers
Eleanor Douglas, advanced practitioner physiotherapist
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Regional wheelchair skills training for children
Emma Regan, regional wheelchair training occupational therapist, and Lorraine Abernethy, children’s occupational therapist
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Northern Health and Social Care Trust