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Winners announced at RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2019

The winners of the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2019 were revealed at a dedicated ceremony held at RCP London's Dorchester Library.

The 2019 ceremony celebrated and honoured the impressive work that the winners and finalists are doing around the world to improve patient care. Winners received £1,000 and a plaque presented by Dr Emma Vaux, RCP senior censor and vice president for education and training.

The RCP thanks everyone who took the time to enter or nominate for the 2019 awards, and congratulates all of those teams and individuals who were shortlisted across the eight categories.

In my opinion, this year has been a great success, showcasing the best practice, innovation and technology being adopted by modern healthcare. These projects are only a fraction of the ground-breaking work our members are producing globally.

Professor Andrew Goddard, RCP president

The winners


The intelligent Liver Function Testing (iLFT) Team, NHS Tayside

iLFT further investigates the cause and severity of liver disease on the initial blood samples with abnormal LFTs received from primary care by exploiting standard NHS laboratory equipment and information technology in a new and innovative way.


Professor Karim Manji, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences 

The Zinc therapeutic dose trial was a randomised controlled trial with lower doses (5, 10 and 20 mg doses) to check for non-inferiority in diarrhoeal outcome and superiority for reducing vomiting and therefore increasing caretaker compliance. The project is being conducted in the community at two sites, Tanzania and India.

Medical education and training

The Imported Fever Service National Clinical Teleconference Team: Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory

Specialists in clinical medicine, virology, microbiology, parasitology, and public health convene to share expertise, learn from each other’s experiences, and reach a plan that will benefit patients in real time.

Person-centred care

Cardiology and Ambulatory Emergency Care Teams, West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

Within Ambulatory Care, this project has enabled assessment of stroke and anticoagulation risk scores (CHA2DS2VASc and HAS-BLED scores), anticoagulation counselling and induction, and follow-up 48-hour heart rhythm assessment and management.

Quality improvement

TalkCPR Awareness Campaign Team, NHS Wales

Public online Advance Care Planning information videos and a website for patients, carers and healthcare professionals, conducting a quality improvement study in the process.

Read our blog: The last thing you want to talk about? CPR in palliative illness and the #TalkCPR project.

The Lancet research award

Hospital-Wide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (HoW-CGA) Research Team, University of Leicester

The HFRS produced by this project provides hospitals and health systems with a low-cost, systematic way to screen for frailty and identify a group of patients who are at greater risk of adverse outcomes and for whom a frailty-attuned approach might be useful.

Contribution to the profession – consultant

Dr Parijat De, Consultant in diabetes and endocrinology

Despite having a busy clinical job, he has worked tirelessly with the CCG to develop and expand the successful and multiple national award-winning DICE project. He oversees quality improvement projects, risk and governance within the department including constantly auditing and updating protocols/guidelines.

Contribution to the profession – trainee or SAS doctor

Dr Joanna Lawson, Associate specialist

Dr Lawson educated internationally, with invitations to speak at RCP events, neuro-otology, geriatrics, neurology, general practice and ENT conferences. For the last decade, she has run her own bi-annual ‘Dizziness in the older person’ conference.

We will publish articles, blogs and videos on the winning projects. So please stay tuned to find out more about these deserving winners.

The Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2020 will open later this year. All enquiries should be sent to awards@rcplondon.ac.uk.