Healthcare Champions Awards 2019

On 1st November we invited winners of our sixth Healthcare Champions Awards to a special reception at the magnificent Leathersellers’ Hall in London where the awards were presented by NRAS Founder & National Patient Champion, Ailsa Bosworth MBE

Pictured left to right, Nominator; Gabrielle Archer, Winners; Sarah Hartfree, Dr Alice Leahy, Anne Craig, Hayley Curme, Maggie Thorne, Dr Samir Patel, NRAS Patient Champion; Ailsa Bosworth, MBE, Winners; Ruth Glynn, Stacy Ackerley, Nominator; Savia De Souza, Winner; Dr James Bateman, NRAS CEO; Clare Jacklin, and Winner Sharon Pearson 

Team Champions: Hayley Curme, Maggie Thorne, Anne Craig, Specialist Nurses at Lancaster Royal Infirmary

Northern Ireland Champion: Anne Quinn, Specialist Nurse at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Consultant Champion: Dr James Bateman, Consultant Rheumatologist at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital

Mental Health Champion: Dr James Galloway, Consultant Rheumatologist, King’s College Hospital, London

Scotland Champion: Rachel Campbell (JIA), Community Paediatrics Nurse at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Scotland

Wales Champions: Ruth Glynn and Stacy Ackerley, Specialist Nurses at Wrexham Clwyd Hospital

JIA Champions: Paediatric Rheumatology Team Southampton

Nurse Champion: Sharon Pearson, Specialist Nurse, Lister Hospital, Stevenage

Healthcare Champion of Excellence: Dr Samir Patel, Consultant Physician, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

A major priority for NRAS is to raise public awareness of rheumatoid Arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis and at the same time campaigning for equal access to good care and services for all. The Healthcare Champions Awards is an important part of this work and provides the opportunity to celebrate the dedication, professionalism and excellent care given by those healthcare professionals that go ‘the extra mile’ to provide the best possible outcomes for their patients while working in the increasingly challenging environment that is the 21st century NHS.

People living with RA, and parents of children with JIA, were asked to nominate an individual or a team of health professionals who they felt had made a significant difference to them or their child, in particular when they did so by going beyond the call of duty.  A special panel of judges was then convened to choose the entries that best met the following criteria:

  • Provides a rheumatology service that truly meets patients’ needs
  • Treats patients holistically i.e. as individuals with individual needs and lifestyles
  • Involves their patients in decisions about their own care
  • Goes that extra mile to listen, to care and to educate their patients about their disease, options and next steps in their care pathway
  • Fights for their patients if they need treatment for which funding has become restricted.

In spite of the significant challenges that health professionals face in meeting, in full, all the NICE and BSR standards of care in the UK, there are many instances where high quality, compassionate care is being delivered and the nominations for the 2019 Healthcare Champions Awards is testament to this.

Many NRAS Members spoke passionately of the care they received, such as:

“My son would not be here if it wasn’t for him [Dr James Bateman], and what he did for me and my family.”

“Sharon makes me feel like I'm a VIP - the sole focus of her attention and with genuine concern for my well-being.”

Healthcare Champion of Excellence, Dr Samir Patel gave a moving speech to a packed audience including his very proud son Jack. “I love doing what I do, I wake up and I enjoy my work, looking after people and giving them everything that they need to live a full and rewarding life, so this is a great honour”.

In front of a packed audience, the winners and attendees also heard from Clare Jacklin, NRAS Chief Executive, who said “We are proud and delighted to be honouring these health professionals this evening”.