Awards 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Research and Improvement Award Winners!

Learning from Impact from a Project Award

The Learning and Impact Award from a project Award was given to a research, improvement or audit which proved to have great patient benefit.

Runner-up: The Brooker Ward Quality Improvement team

The Brooker Ward Quality Improvement Team was nominated for their quality improvement project to reduce falls in their in-patient older persons organic mental health ward. It was reported that “overall this project led to a reduction in rate of falls to an average of 1.8 per week in comparison to the previous 3.2 per week”.

Winner: Dr Mustafa Soomro

Dr Mustafa Soomro was nominated for conducting “three very high quality audits on the topic of self-harm in mental health.” These audits allowed areas that required improvement and recommendations for future improvement to be identified.


Patient Involvement Award:

The Patient Involvement Award is for a team or an individual who has gone the extra mile to find innovative and meaningful ways to include patients in research or improvement projects.

Runner-up: Child & Adolescent Mental Health Learning & Disability Team

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Learning & Disability Team had in their nomination that their “collaborative team worked tirelessly to ensure that children and their families have been involved at every stage of [their] accessible information project to develop self-help sleep guides for children with learning disabilities and mental distress.”

Winner: Rosalynn Lankford

Rosalynn Lankford was nominated for her project to co-design care plans with patients and for her innovative ideas to ensure that all patients had the opportunity to participate. In her nomination she was described as excelling in her work “engaging house bound patients in an area of cultural diversity”.


Research and Improvement Hero:

The Research and Improvement Hero Award is for an individual who has made a significant impact in the workplace, on a service and for service users.

Runner-up: Theresa Crowley

Theresa Crowley received 2 different separate nominations from colleagues that work with her. They have said she “has positively embraced and championed the clinical value of service evaluation and audit within her service” and “has put a huge amount of work setting up [a] GP telephone triage service” to manage MSK conditions more effectively.

Winner: Care Home Research Partnership

The Care Home Research Partnership is a collaboration between a number of care homes, the older person’s mental health service and research nurses to increase access to research across our community. This partnership now includes nearly 30 homes across Portsmouth. To date this partnership has resulted in nearly 500 residents and staff being involved in research, and new interventions particularly for those with dementia, such as ways to manage anxiety and aggression and ways to prevent falls. The person who nominated this team described it as “growing from strength to strength.”


Chief Medical Director Award:

Winner: Tom Nardarzynski

Tom Nardazynski has been involved in multiple important service evaluations and research projects, and has done fantastic work supporting the service to develop our digital innovation schemes. He has supported a number of clinicians and our commissioners across sexual health services to develop and evaluate a range of digital approaches to health care, and to share learning nationally and internationally.


Chief Executive Special Recognition Award:

Winner: Side-by-Side Team (Mary Ramsay, Jo Elliot, Ranj Parmar, Andy Clay)

The Side-by-Side Team are a group of people who have worked hard and made an amazing difference by putting patient and public views forward. They have done outstanding work to involve patients and public in improvement of services so for their dedication and support throughout the years. Read more about the Side-by-Side Team on their page.