Finalists announced for BMJ Awards 2017

MORE than 60 healthcare teams have made it to the final of the 2017 BMJ Awards – once again with headline sponsorship from MDDUS.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the best in UK healthcare.

This year’s awards attracted 290 entries across 14 categories, with three new awards for imaging, surgery and mental health teams.

Finalists include projects to improve the wellbeing of patients undergoing chemotherapy before surgery, addressing the problem of elective surgery cancellations, and confronting the issue of talking about Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions with patients near the end of life.

Next month, the shortlisted teams will present their projects to an expert judging panel, including patient representatives. The winners will be announced on May 4 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

In addition to headline sponsorship, MDDUS also sponsors the primary care team of the year award.

BMJ Editor in chief Dr Fiona Godlee said: “Anyone in any doubt that clinicians are pushing the boundaries of innovation despite pressures engulfing the NHS need look no further than The BMJ Awards finalists for 2017. The shortlisted entries represent inspiring and pioneering teamwork with patient outcomes at their core.”

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