The Brian Turley Award for Patient and Carer Involvement

The Brian Turley Award for Patient and Carer Involvement

Published Date: 8 Oct 2018

In 2018, following the success and learning from the Brain Turley Award in its first year, CLAHRC North West London increased the categories from one to three.

The three award categories are for:

  • Teams working with service users, carers, families and communities ensuring those on the receiving end of research and care influence the process and end results.
  • Early career researchers, PhD students, service user researchers or Fellows committed to developing experience and expertise of PPEI in the design, delivery and evaluation of their work to address needs and preferences of those using healthcare services.
  • Patients, Service Users and Carers who actively influenced clinicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals and promoted opportunities in collaborative working with patients and carers to improve research and healthcare.

15 entries were received from NIHR CLAHRC funded and supported work across the capital. The winners were:

  • Parent Representative, Sophia Kotzamanis, CLAHRC NWL
  • St Mark's Hospital Patient-Centred Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care Model team, CLAHRC NWL
  • Stuart Green, PhD Student. Important learning was generated through the nomination and judging process which was underpinned by the application of the 4Pi National Involvement Standards, CLAHRC NWL

The inaugural Award for patient and carer involvement was developed in May 2016 in memory of Brian Turley, 'My Medication Passport' Ambassador, who died unexpectedly and prematurely. The first award was presented in April 2017. 

Since 2009, CLAHRC NWL have actively led and supported PPEI by maturing a sophisticated strategy where PPEI is an integral component to research and improvement. This was an exceptional opportunity to combine leadership and expertise across three CLAHRCs and reinforces the benefit of our memorandum of understanding for PPEI and the value of collaboration, cross-CLAHRC learning and peer review that includes service users and carers.

Contribution of CLAHRC North West London

The awards share involvement experience so others can learn what works and what could be improved promoting the value of patients and carers who give time to support and strengthen research and improvement in the NHS. 

What happened next?

  • Winners worked with a graphic artist to translate their project into a visual image to promote and share their work in a variety of  formats.
  • CLAHRC NWL recommended collaboration with artists to ensure learning can be spread in meaningful ways and is not limited to peer-reviewed journals
  • The judging panel included three judges from each London CLAHRC. The awards were presented by Simon Denegri, National Director for Patients and Public in Research at our Spring 2018 Collaborative Learning Event.
  • We anticipate further joint outputs, for example newsletters, publications and film to share the benefits of using awards to capture impact