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2013 BMA Patient Information Awards

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.

Entries for the 2014 awards have now closed.

The entries are currently being assessed and the shortlisted resources will be announced in late June 2014.

The BMA Patient Information Awards will be held in the afternoon of Monday 22 September 2014.

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Awards winners and prizes

2013 BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year

Your life and your choices: plan aheadYour Life and Your Choices
Macmillan Cancer Support, 2012

This resource aims to offer people access to quality information on the ways they can plan ahead and make choices about their future end of life care. It was praised by its reviewer as a ‘sensitively produced resource which would be helpful to all affected parties’. 

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins commented that it ‘is a readable  and comprehensive booklet that gently introduces hard to talk about topics such as how to plan your own funeral. I cannot think of anyone that I would hesitate about giving a copy to.’

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Information that Aids Decision Making Award Winner

I cannot think of anyone that I would hesitate about giving a copy to.  

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins

Your life and your choices: plan aheadYour Life and Your Choices
Macmillan Cancer Support, 2012

 

 

 

 

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Information that Aids Decision Making Award Runner Up

Keeping Your Online Health and Social Care Records Safe and Secure  Keeping Your Online Health and Social Care Records Safe and Secure
Mynors Suppiah, BCS Health and the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, 2013

The guidance focuses on the practical steps which the public can take to ensure that the confidential information in their record remains safe and confidential, and is only shared after careful consideration of the risks and benefits. It aims to make readers confident and competent, and know where to turn to for help. Its reviewer commented that ‘this booklet helps highlight good information management practice.’

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Innovation Award Winner

Guys Hospital inpatient welcome packGuy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Inpatient Welcome Pack (including Safety Card)
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, 2012

This pack aims to involve patients in their care and to provide patients with information about what to expect during their hospital stay as well as providing essential items and toiletries. Sarah Smith, the Operations Manager of the Patient Information Forum (PiF) praised it as ‘an excellent resource: innovative and well thought-out.’

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Innovation Award Runner Up

Baby Be Smoke Free   Baby Be Smoke Free
Tommy's the Baby Charity, 2013

This was developed to meet a specific need for a no smoking cessation resource which targets teenage pregnant smokers. Its reviewer commented that ‘a lot of thought put into how it can be promoted and accessed by young women.’

 

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Long Term Conditions Award Winner

Looking after Someone with a Lung Condition: Information for Families, Friends and Carers Looking after Someone with a Lung Condition: Information for Families, Friends and Carers
British Lung Foundation, 2012

This booklet seeks to raise awareness about the rights of carers. It was praised by its reviewer as ‘well-produced, in response to a need, and very well-laid-out.’

 

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Long Term Conditions Award Runner Up

Secondary Breast Cancer Resource Pack Secondary Breast Cancer Resource Pack
Breast Cancer Care, 2012

This pack is a comprehensive guidefor newly diagnosed people. It was praised by its reviewer as ‘an excellent resource, well-designed, written and put together with powerful quotes from people with cancer.’

 

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Self Care Award Winner

MS Essentials 12: Sex, Intimacy and RelationshipsMS Essentials 12: Sex, Intimacy and Relationships
MS Society, 2012

This booklet gives people practical and evidence-based information about how MS can affect sex and intimacy, and offers advice on how to deal with issues. It was praised by its reviewer as ‘very well-produced, sensitively written, and well-thought through.’

 

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Self Care Award Runner Up

My Pregnancy Today free app  My Pregnancy Today free app
Babycentre.co.uk, 2012

This app provides day-by-day, evidence-based health information drawn from the BabyCentre website. It was praised by its reviewer as ‘a very high standard, with fantastically produced, clear and accessible information.’

 

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

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Information for reviewers

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

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Patient Information Awards ceremony

The BMA Patient Information Awards 2013 ceremony was held on 17 September along with the BMA Medical Book Awards

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