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BMA Patient Information Awards 2014

Patient Information Awards ceremony 2014

The BMA Patient Information Awards (PIA) were established in 1997 to encourage excellence in the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information.

The Awards aim to reinforce the BMA’s commitment to support good educational practice and acknowledge new approaches and technologies intended for the public audience.

Our final judging panel chooses the BMA Patient Resource of the Year award from a wide range of resources. Several additional special awards are also assigned to the best informational resources in certain specific categories.

The Patient Information Awards were held on the afternoon of Monday 22 September 2014, Professor Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff was the guest of honour

The entry form for the 2015 Patient Information Awards will be available mid December 2014.

Download the 2014 Patient Information Awards ceremony programme

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Photos from the ceremony


Awards winners and prizes

BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year 2014

Physical health and wellbeing handbookPhysical Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Service Users and Carers
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

This resource aims to improve the uptake of physical health checks on inpatient units by informing service users and carers about the physical health risks associated with mental health problems and the steps they can take to improve their health by becoming more involved in the physical health care.  

Catherine Macadam, chair of the BMA’s Patient Liaison Group, praised 'the clarity of the information presented and the beautiful use of colour, particularly from the users' artwork, which make this an exceptional resource'.

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Information that Aids Decision Making Award Winner

Making treatment decisionsMaking Treatment Decisions
Macmillan Cancer Support

This award was presented by Clare Wade of the BMA Public Information team, which acts as an interface between the public and the BMA through its information service on our web pages for patients and the public. 

This booklet is written to help people with cancer make decisions about the range of treatment options. Its reviewer, Andrea Heath, was impressed by its treatment of challenging topics such as statistics and risk: she praised its 'helpful lists of questions that a patient may like to ask before making a treatment decision'.

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Innovation Award Winner

My hip/knee surgeryMy Recovery Pack for My Hip/Knee Surgery
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Janssen Healthcare Innovation and DePuy Synthes

This pack includes several resources that are designed to improve outcomes. The award was presented by Sarah Smith, director of the Patient Information Forum (PiF), who praised it as an excellent resource: 'It's been well thought out and has a clear purpose and objective. The mix of formats is good, the summary is helpful and the exercises are particularly well explained. It's practical and tells patients what they need to know.’

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Learning-disabled Winner

Bowel health and screeningBowel Health & Screening
Bowel Cancer UK

This resource is a step-by-step guide for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. It includes an explanatory booklet for carers, an instructional DVD and accompanying training for carers.

Kay Roderick praised this as an excellent resource with 'simple, clear diagrams, which includes individual leaflets for each of the target audiences so that no recipient is overwhelmed. People with learning disabilities and their carers were involved at both draft and final stages to ensure the material was suitable and the resource was accessible'.

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Long-Term Conditions Award Winner

Type 2 diabetes and meType 2 Diabetes and Me (e-learning programme)
Diabetes UK and Bupa

This resource seeks to help adults who have recently been diagnosed to understand and manage their diabetes more confidently. The award was presented by Laura Bolland of NHS England on behalf of the Information Standard.  

It was praised by its reviewer as a 'good e-learning package for diabetes, which is simple to use and easy to navigate. It gives users a wide variety of formats, quizzes, films and different ways to interact with the information which focuses on day-to-day needs and practical strategies'.

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Mental Capacity Winner

Mental Capacity ActSupporting People to Make Decisions: Applying the Mental Capacity Act

This resource explains the principles of the Act and provides information on how to apply to the Court of Protection. This award was presented by Ruth Campbell of BMA Ethics, which produces resources and guidance for patients and doctors on mental capacity issues. 

Jenny Lang, librarian at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, commented that it 'covers the legal aspects of this difficult situation in sufficient detail to help and support people going through this situation but with sensitively and with empathy'.

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Screening Award Winner

Breast screening factsNHS Breast Screening: The Facts
Breakthrough Breast Cancer

This resource aims to provide balanced information on risks and benefits for UK women aged 50 to 70. Kay Roderick praised this as 'a novel and fun way to present information in useful bite-sized chunks with alternative ways of navigating the site'.

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Self-Care Award Winner

Physical health and wellbeing handbookPhysical Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Service Users and Carers
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

This also won the overall Resource of the Year prize.

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User Involvement Award Winner

Ovarian cancer clinical trialsTarget Ovarian Cancer's Clinical Trials Information Centre
Target Ovarian Cancer

This new award was selected by consumer health editors in the BMJ Evidence Centre to recognise the importance of user involvement in the production of patient information. 

It was presented by Lilian Anekwe of BMJ Best Health, who commented that 'the entry stood out for Target Ovarian's commitment to involving users. It provided patients with information about a difficult subject with honesty and sensitivity'.  

The resource is a simple online tool to enable discussion between women and their clinicians and to support them to find the right trials. Its reviewer, Wayne Middleton, project development manager at Luto, described it as 'a fantastic, well-designed resource for people searching for trials'.

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Our judging panel has also shortlisted numerous additional resources for their excellence and value.

See the full list of the commended resources


Information for reviewers

If you are one of the 40 patient information professionals who review the entries, or you wish to become one: 

Find out more about the reviewers' appraisal process

More information on the awards

Enter the 2015 awards

Three copies of each printed resource should be sent to the BMA address given at the end of the form by 28 February 2015. You will need to open and read the conditions of entry. 

Resources should have been published in 2013 or 2014 or before the end of January 2014.

Email any comments or enquiries to: info.bkawards

Patient Information Awards 2015

Resources published in 2014 and 2015 will be eligible for these awards.

The entry form will be made available here by the middle of December 2014.

Email us if you wish to be invited to submit resources