National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Healthcare Champions Award

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Rheumatology team have been honoured in the House of Commons.

The rheumatology team at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals are among 10 winners from across the UK of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Healthcare Champions Award. 

The team led by Dr Valerie Kyle were honoured at a special reception on November 1 at the State Rooms, Speaker’s House, House of Commons, where the awards will be presented by The Home Secretary and NRAS patron, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The biennial Healthcare Champions Awards is important to the work at NRAS where a major priority is to raise public awareness of RA and campaign for equal access to good care and services for all.
The awards provide 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 the many people coping with RA.
North Bristol NHS Trust’s  rheumatology team has been honoured for their professionalism and excellence of care by a patient who said: “Dr Kyle and her team show understanding for even the ‘silly’ things. I always leave feeling more positive, cared for and optimistic.”
Dr Kyle said: “It is a real honour for the rheumatology team at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals to be recognised by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society as healthcare champions.
“It is so rewarding to know that we have been put forward for this accolade by one of our patients, who are so important to us and we are happy to know that the work that we do is making a real difference to their lives.
“We are committed to the best possible outcomes for our patients living with RA and we are proud of the gold standard RA service we provide.”
Attending the House of Commons with Dr Kyle will be Dr Abhay Joshi and Elaine McCormack, specialist nurse in rheumatology.
NRAS members across the UK were asked to nominate their choices of healthcare professionals for the Awards and the response was phenomenal.  A wide variety of nominations was received from whole rheumatology units, consultants, specialist nurses and GPs. A special panel of judges was then convened to choose the entries that best met the following criteria:
Provides a rheumatology service that really meets patients’ needs
Treats patients holistically i.e. as individuals with individual needs and preferences
Involves their patients in decisions about their individual 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
Commenting on the NRAS Healthcare Champions Awards Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive, NRAS said:
“Many congratulations to Frenchay Hospital on winning this award through your passion and commitment to providing such excellent care in RA.
“Once again I am enormously impressed by the dedication of our health professionals in RA and so proud that for the third year, and in our special 10th Anniversary year, we are having the opportunity to celebrate the good work of our Healthcare Champions.
“I would like to thank all those who wrote in with their nominations and applaud all our winners for their professionalism and excellence of care.”