University Wins Top Award For Work With NHS

8 April 2008

Partnership with NHS Award

The picture shows the award being presented by Simon Calvert, NHS Innovation (left) to the University's EHS Business Development Manager, Louise Spry (centre), and Dr Warren Turner, Assistant Dean in the University of Derby’s Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences.

This award is significant as it highlights the strength of our partnerships with the NHS .

Dr Warren Turner, Assistant Dean in the University of Derby’s Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences.

University health experts who are helping make life easier for sufferers of the crippling bone condition osteoporosis have been recognised for their work with a top regional award.

The University of Derby won the ‘Partnership With The NHS’ award at the Medilink East Midlands Business Awards on Thursday night, at the Belfry Hotel, in Nottingham.

The award was one of several categories at the 2008 Medilink East Midlands Business Awards. Medilink EM is the specialist support organisation for the Healthcare Sector, with a membership base drawn from all areas of the East Midlands healthcare community.

The University enjoys rich links with the NHS in a number of academic and professional areas, and this particular award related to its work on an osteoporosis clinical skills project developed with the NHS in Staffordshire.
Even more significantly, the University was the only East Midlands university to have nominations short listed for the award.

Professor Helen Langton, Dean for the University’s Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, said: “The Faculty places a high priority on working in partnership with our NHS colleagues and the recognition of our expertise related to Osteoporosis is extremely pleasing.”

Dr Warren Turner, Assistant Dean in the University of Derby’s Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, said: “These awards recognise the contribution that organisations make to the lifestyle and the medical economy in the East Midlands.

“We were competing against manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies and we were delighted to have been recognised for our close links with the NHS.

“This award is significant as it highlights the strength of our partnerships with the NHS. We have lots of project with the NHS locally, and this specifically marks of the importance of what we are doing in preventing osteoporosis, which affects up to half of all elderly people and is an important area of research.”

Those receiving praise included the Osteoporosis and Falls team at Derby, led by Geoff Glover and Angie Snow, and the Faculty’s Business Development manager Louise Spry, who developed the bid.

The nomination concerns a project based in the University’s Clinical Skills Suite, based at our Kedleston Road site. The suite boasts hospital wards, counselling rooms and other facilities, which are used to train more than 1,000 Derby students a year to become the health professionals of tomorrow and was built to NHS 'Red Book' standards. It also features an Imaging Suite, managed by its Radiography team.

The Imaging Suite comprises an X-ray unit, a DXA (Bone Densitometry) scanner and an ultrasound machine, linked to a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications) system, which will eventually enable radiographers to distribute images via email.

The technology means people visiting private chiropractic clinics could receive their X-ray results within a day – as opposed to the days or weeks they have to wait currently for images to be processed and posted from the clinic to the GP or hospital who referred the patient. The University has worked with a primary care trust in Staffordshire in a partnership initiative to aid patients.

The University received a trophy, a plaque and a cheque for £200 as the prize for the award which was sponsored by NHS Innovation, East Midlands.

Medilink’s East Midlands Innovation Day and Business Awards 2008 were sponsored by a range of private and public health organisations.

The Business Awards also had categories in Innovation, Export Achievement, Start-Up, Outstanding Growth and University Collaboration.


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