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South London Innovation & Diffusion Awards 2016

7 November 2016

We were proud to host the 2016 Innovation & Diffusion awards on Thursday 3 November along with the Health Innovation Network and South West London System.

The Innovation & Diffusion Awards 2016 highlighted the very best in health, care and education, and support the spread and adoption of innovations across local communities in south London. At this year’s ceremony, the Recognition Awards celebrated the outstanding contributions that both individuals and organisations have made, while the Innovation Grants demonstrated that high potential local projects can be realised, by providing a maximum grant of £10,000.

The Innovation Grants encourage innovations that address the gaps highlighted in the Five Year Forward View – the Health and Wellbeing Gap, the Care and Quality Gap and the Funding and Efficiency Gap.

The Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in innovation and education across south London, which is vital to ensure a thriving health and wealth economy. The categories are Inspiring Educator of the Year, Inspiring Innovator of the Year, Patient Safety Champion, Apprentice of the Year, Implementing Improvements, and Promoting Collaboration.

Aurea Jones, Director of Health Education England's south London team, said: "I am thrilled that we are able to recognise some of the individuals and teams who are prepared to go the extra mile to improve services for the people of south London. Their commitment and dedication is often overlooked and I’m looking forward to highlighting some of the amazing work they have done. We were highly impressed with the quality of innovative projects proposed by our stakeholders this year and look forward to seeing some excellent outcomes of the work supporting our health and social care workforce."

Innovation Grant Winners


Lead organisation: Bexley Community Education Provider Network

Project: Reducing hospital admissions from care homes through enhanced training for urinary tract infection and falls management, including identification and prevention

Lead organisation: University of Roehampton

Project: Project GROW: Establishing and testing a new intergenerational falls prevention gardening programme to improve physical activity levels, health and wellbeing in older people at risk of falling

Lead organisation: St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Project: An evaluation of the impact and success of the Living Well After Stroke group in Wandsworth: A new model for a community based stroke secondary prevention group

Lead organisation: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Project: Managing Your Joint Pain: Helping people manage their joint pain in the community through health coaching

Lead organisation: Kingston University and St. George’s University of London

Project: Understanding how leisure centre managers decide whether to deliver exercise programmes for people with chronic health conditions

Lead organisation: London Southbank University

Project: Acceptability and feasibility of Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) interventions for London university students

Lead organisation: South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Project: An audit of all referrals to Merton Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): A baseline mapping project

Lead organisation: Lakeside Medical Practice

Project: Piloting the use of videoconferencing technology to support liaison and improved care between general practice and a residential care home

Lead organisation: Royal Trinity Hospice

Project: Developing safe, effective, responsive and high quality care for people with dementia and families within a hospice care environment

Lead organisation: King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Project: Initiation of a tertiary clinic for primary care healthcare professionals caring for advanced Parkinson’s disease patients on apomorphine and duodopa (intrajejunal levodopa) infusion therapies in the community

Lead organisation: Croydon Health Services

Project: Piloting and refining a health data mapping tool to combine discharge information from secondary care and public health or local authority data

Lead organisation: St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Project: Getting over the Bump: A collaborative project between maternal medicine midwives and occupational therapists enabling increased independence in childcare roles for expectant mothers with physical and/ or sensory impairments

Lead organisation: Your Healthcare CIC

Project: Neurological Exercise Class 12 week program in a community leisure centre

Lead organisation: Croydon Health Services

Project: Improving detection of atrial fibrillation after stoke and transient ischaemic attack

Recognition Awards


Inspiring Educator of the Year

Cornelius (Neil) Lewis, Radiation Physicist and Radiation Protection Advisor, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Neil’s tireless efforts to educate fellow healthcare professionals and aspiring students are inspirational. His ability to make any lecture fun and interesting is testament to his creativity, sense of humour and understanding of his audience. It is clear from his lectures that he has a real passion for his subject and really wants to help others to understand.

Inspiring Educator of the Year

Liz Nicholls, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Primary Care Tutor Bexley Community Education Provider Network

Due to Liz's hard work and collaboration with practices, the local community provider and University of Greenwich, Bexley went from zero to six nurse mentors in general practice in one year and established undergraduate nursing placements on a new community pathway with the university. Liz has worked with nurses to develop portfolios to achieve mentor status, and supported practices to prepare for students. Liz has established a health care assistant forum to allow assistants to come together to discuss professional issues, scope of practice and learn reflective skills.

Inspiring Innovator

Myra Robson, Senior Physiotherapist at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Wyc Slingsby, Chief Technical Officer at Propagator Ltd

Squeezy is a smartphone and tablet app that advises, supports and reminds women and men to complete a daily pelvic floor muscle exercise programme. It includes advice on when to seek treatment, supports a physiotherapy led programme, and is suitable for independent exercise. It also has an audio-visual exercise guide and keeps a record of adherence.

Patient Safety Champion

Transforming Outcomes and Health Economics through Imaging (TOHETI) programme, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Uterine fibroids are benign tumours that form one of the most common gynaecological problems in the UK, and there is high prevalence in our local south east London population. We met with women with fibroids who had been treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, to find out more about their experiences, and how better to empower and support them. Patients stressed the need for more and better information, earlier, and enthusiastically supported the idea of developing a leaflet and film.

Apprentice of the Year

Billy Milton, Apprentice Receptionist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Billy has an extremely friendly, positive attitude and consistently goes above and beyond in his role, to improve the patient experience and promote team working. He is always the first to volunteer, and has received compliments from patients on our patient satisfaction questionnaires.

Implementing Improvements

Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse/ Clinical Services Manager, Hounslow and Richmond community Healthcare NHS Trust

An outstanding leader, Helen has pioneered many improvements relating to patient care at Teddington Memorial Hospital. She has developed strong relationships with the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies service in recognition of the impact of diabetes on emotional wellbeing. Helen also led the first diabetes specialist team in London to implement a best practice pathway for people who are treated by paramedics for a severe hypo.

Promoting Collaboration

Lisa Morris, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

Lisa is working on a project to improve the experience of people with dementia at the end of life in Greenwich and Bexley Boroughs, through expert support, training and partnership working, following a grant from St James’ Place Foundation.



















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