On Wednesday 25th June, the AntiCoagulation Self-Monitoring Alliance (ACSMA) held their first Patient Choice Awards at Westminster. The awards event celebrated the work of dedicated health professionals in the NHS and campaigners who have helped people on long-term warfarin treatment to monitor their own blood clotting level.
Earlier this year, ACSMA invited their network of members to nominate their top health professionals and campaigners across the UK. The response was overwhelming. ACSMA received nominations from patients for specialist nurses, GPs, hospital consultants and campaigners who are regarded as having gone above and beyond the call of duty to people on long-term warfarin.
After much deliberation, ACSMA’s selection committee decided upon a short-list, with the following winners announced on the night:
- The winner of individual health professional of the year was Dr Rhona Maclean, consultant haematologist from Royal Hallamshire Hospital
- The runner up of individual health professional of the year was Cathy Harrington, paediatric cardiac liaison nurse from Bristol Children’s Hospital
- The winner of health professional team of the year was the cardiac nurse practitioner team from Great Ormond Street Hospital
- The winners of outstanding achievement were Peter Birtles, campaigner for people on long-term warfarin, and Eve Knight, founder and Chief Executive of AntiCoagulation Europe
Virendra Sharma MP, who hosted the event, said: “I am delighted to have hosted the Patient Choice Awards for all the hard work people have done for patients to promote and support self-monitoring. Self-monitoring devices are a win-win situation; a win for the NHS as it will help them to reduce potentially life threatening numbers of stroke and save money, and a win for the patient as it increases their independence and encourages empowerment to control their long-term health condition.”
Diane Eaton, from AntiCoagulation Europe, a member of ACSMA said: “ACSMA is fully aware that many people on long-term warfarin across the UK are receiving excellent care and support to help them to manage their disease. Therefore, we wanted to celebrate the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of those healthcare professionals who are really championing the cause of patients”.