Dietitians Receive Awards: July 2012
Dietitians were among those to receive awards in the recent Patient Safety and Care Integration Awards, held at the Lancaster on 4th July.
Supported by the Health Services Journal and Nursing Times, the awards celebrated excellence in an area which arguably presents the greatest challenge to modern healthcare.
From almost 60 entries across 8 categories, the judges worked hard to choose the winners from a very compelling list of entries. Alastair McLellan, Editor of the Health Service Journal Editor commented:
"The NHS faces a decade of financial austerity which could threaten the huge advances made in patient safety since the 1990s. Some of those advances are reflected in the outstanding achievements of tonight's award winners, many of which have set new standards in patient safety. We hope and believe the example of our Award winners will be beacons of excellence to inspire others in making sure that patient safety remains a priority whatever financial pressures the NHS has to endure."
In the Patient Safety Awards, the Primary Care winner was the Regional GI and Liver Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes dietitians Sean White and Gary Simpson. They also won a Gastrointestinal Care award.
Another Patient Safety Award category was Education and Training in Patient Safety, won by the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Community Health Services, Bedfordshire, which includes dietitians Cathy Forbes and Leanne Fishwick.
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Notes to the Editor:
- Visit the BDA website at www.bda.uk.com
- The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with approximately 7,000 members.
- Registered dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
- Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, Non Government Organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.