EFPIA Announces the Winners of the 2018 Health Collaboration Awards

EFPIA is delighted to announce that Collaborating to develop Clinical Champions for diabetes has won this year’s Health Collaboration Award. Describing the project, Ali Stunt, Founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Europe and member of the jury panel said “This project was worthy of being the overall winner due to its innovative collaboration between the NHS, industry and the patient organisation. It demonstrated clear benefit to both patients and the healthcare system. Empowering clinical champions allows them to affect real change from the ground up.”

As well as the overall winner, The Angels Initiativelaunched by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with the European Stroke Organisation (ESO), and the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) and others to improve acute stroke care, won the Service Delivery award.

KiDS and diabetes in Schools won the Prevention & Awareness award, a real multi-stakeholder collaboration with patient organisations, like the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), local authorities, academic institutions and Sanofi on board that aims to foster a safe and supportive environment for children with diabetes with Put yourself on the list, helping save blood cancer patients lives as runner up.  A jury’s special mention went to NHS Wales Haematological Malignancy Data Solution for their highly innovative approach of using data to optimise treatments.

Giving their reaction to the news Chris Askew, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK, partner of the Clinical Champions for Diabetes project said “With a stretched healthcare system, we need to take different approaches to improving care. Who better to change the system than the healthcare professionals in it. This accolade recognises our ambitious and creative partnership which is enabling clinicians to lead change, tangibly improving care for people with diabetes. We are incredibly proud.”

Novo Nordisk, the industry partner in the project was equally proud, Pinder Sahota, General Manager and Corporate Vice President, Novo Nordisk UK said “Novo Nordisk is delighted to be part of this innovative programme in which our unique partnership has been able to support highly talented, motivated and passionate healthcare professionals to make a real difference to people living with diabetes.”

The third project partner was Ashridge Executive Education. Client Director Dr. Guy Lubitsh added “It is wonderful to be recognized for leading this ambitious initiative to address problems associated with diabetes, as it impacts so many lives around the world. I have enjoyed bringing together a unique partnership across organizational boundaries and a thriving community of clinical leaders who are passionate about changing services. It was inspiring to see such an astonishing effect on the system without adding any extra resources.”

With over 80 entries received from across Europe, The Health Collaboration Awards gives an opportunity to showcase collaborative projects that have benefitted the lives of patients across Europe. Giving her reaction, EFPIA Director General, Nathalie Moll said “As we seek to address the challenges faced by patients and our healthcare systems, partnership and collaboration will be key. No one sector has all the answers and by putting patients at the heart of projects, pooling our resources and expertise and finding new, innovative ways of addressing health needs it is amazing what we can achieve. The entries and winners of this year’s Health Collaboration Awards are fantastic examples of that approach and I hope will provide food for thought and inspiration to us all.”

To share best practice and help others to benefit from the innovative approaches taken by the award entrants, the entries for this year’s awards will be collated in to the Health Collaboration Guide 2019 which will be published by EFPIA in the New Year.