Winners of the 2014 SAGE Awards (Shire Award for Gastrointestinal Excellence) were announced at the British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting earlier this year.
First place and a development grant of £10,000 went to clinicians from the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital for their innovative, internet-based remote management service for IBD patients. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Supported Self Help and Management Programme (IBD-SSHAMP) gives patients direct access to specialists if they have concerns or require an urgent outpatient appointment. They receive self-management advice based on completion of a symptomatic disease activity index, with poor scores instantly communicated to the hospital’s IBD team.
PCSG board member Dr Marion Sloan was part of the second-placed team from Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Led by Dr Alan Lobo, the team’s innovative project, Gastroenterology Without Walls, combined a community gastroenterology service, a gastroenterology ambulatory service and an emergency consultant led gastrointestinal haemorrhage service.
Third place was awarded to a team from the Freeman Hospital liver unit. Led by Dr Stuart McPherson, their project, CHASE-B: Chinese Hepatitis B – Awareness, Survey and Education, carries out Hepatitis C screening amongst the Chinese community and provides educational material designed to help patients manage the condition.
Further information on entering for the 2015 SAGE Awards from Rebeca Thomas