Our partners praised at BMJ

13 May 2019

The BMJ Awards are the UK’s top medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating amazing healthcare teams making a very real difference to patients every single day.

We are delighted that one of our trustees, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, as well as charity-supported projects at The Royal London Hospital were recognized at this year's BMJ Awards.

Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare

We're very proud that Dame Parveen Kumar, one of our wonderful trustees, was acknowledged with a Special Recognition award for the influence her work has had improving health in the UK. As a professor of medicine and education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, she studies coeliac disease and gut immunology, but it is her efforts in education where her influence is most apparent.

As a student, she became dissatisfied with the quality of textbooks available, and decided to write a new, evidence-based textbook. It became a standard for medical students, receiving praise for its accessibility. Clinical Medicine is now its ninth edition, and has been used by millions of students across the globe. 

Prevention and Lifestyle Team of the Year

The Royal London Hospital's Violence Reduction Team were awarded with Prevention and Lifestyle Team of the Year for their efforts to reduce knife crime. As the biggest trauma unit in London, the clinicians at The Royal London see the devastating effects that knife crime has in the capital.

The Violence Reduction Team aims to reduce returns to the hospital by showing local children the reality of knife crime. They also have case workers who support patients and their families for up to six months after admission to the hospital. The team successfully reduced re-attendance rates from 35% to just 1% and we're now proud to be supporting their work.


Two other Barts Health hospital projects were nominated for awards and were described as 'highly commended' in their respective categories. The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Services at Whipps Cross Hospital were nominated for Clinical Leadership Team, while the CAPS team at the Royal London Hospital were nominated for Diagnostics Team of the year.

The CAPS (Children's Anorectal Physiology Service) team work with children who live with bowel conditions such as constipation and soiling. These conditions can affect children's emotional wellbeing, as well as their physical health. We are pleased to support the work of CAPS, for example funding this specialist ultrasound machine.

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