Trust’s surgical team wins twice at annual BMJ awards

The Trust's PREPARE for surgery team have been named Patient Partnership and Surgical Team of the Year, at the BMJ Awards 2017.

The PREPARE for Surgery programme, designed by the team, ‘trains’ patients for surgery based on their individual needs. It looks at different factors important to focus on before and after a procedure, including physical activity, diet, psychological wellbeing and medication management.

Over the past two years 65 patients undergoing surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer, have been enrolled in PREPARE.

The programme has led to improvements in post-operative complications, with post-operative pneumonia falling from 60 per cent to 30 per cent. Patients are also recovering quicker, with the average length of stay in hospital reducing from 12 days to nine. There has also been an increase in self confidence in patients throughout the pre-operative period.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Venetia Wynter-Blyth and Consultant Krishna Moorthy, said:

“Winning the Surgical Team of the Year Award is recognition of the effort and hard work the whole team have invested in patient care over the years and it was great that we were all together on the night to receive this prestigious award.

“We were also thrilled to receive the Patient Partnership award in acknowledgement of our consistent efforts to involve patients at every level, from individual care through to shaping the programme design and delivery.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Northwest London (CLAHRC NWL), the Imperial Health Charity and Macmillan for their help in setting up and sustaining the programme.”

The BMJ awards, now in their ninth year, were held at the Park Plaza, Westminster on Thursday 4th May.


You can learn more about the PREPARE for surgery programme via our blog.

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