Early Intervention Eating Disorders (FREED) National Spread Programme has been shortlisted for an HSJ Award 2023

A mental health programme which has benefitted 1000s of young people with eating disorders has been shortlisted for a prestigious national HSJ Award.

An early intervention eating disorder model which originated in south London has helped over 2,000 young people has received national recognition today (Monday, August 14).

It has been announced that the First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) model aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds developed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and King’s College London (KCL) has been shortlisted for a 2023 HSJ Award.

The model provides swift access to specialised, evidence-based treatments tailored to youth, incorporating developmental considerations with a focus on early intervention. In 2020, it was selected by the Academic Health Science Network as a national programme, with the Health Innovation Network, the AHSN for south London, managing the rollout. To date, the programme has benefited 2,722 young people, leading to full early recovery in approximately 65% and halving the need for costly and disruptive in-patient treatment. The model has now been implemented in over 50 eligible mental health trusts in England, leading to estimated NHS savings of £12.1 million.

Dr Rishi Das-Gupta, the Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network (HIN) said: "I’m pleased that the HIN has been able to support the spread of FREED. We know that eating disorders impact the lives of many young people and that intervening early is extremely helpful. This programme exemplifies how we can innovate in care delivery to reduce health inequalities and enhance access to services for our local communities - and reaching over 2,000 patients since the start of the programme is a mark of the impact of the teams delivering the service."

Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders at KCL and Consultant Psychiatrist at SLaM who has led development and evaluation of FREED said: “Adoption of our programme by the AHSN/HIN has turbo-charged our ability to make FREED available to young people in all parts of England. We are now working to spread and improve the evidence-base for FREED further, both nationally and internationally.”

Danielle Glennon, Head of FREED and Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy at SLaM who alongside Professor Schmidt has been part of FREED’s story since the beginning, said: “The AHSN/HIN programme meant that despite the unrivalled challenges clinicians faced through COVID, we could continue to support teams in making FREED a reality for young people in their area. The commitment, creativity, and willingness to share, as the FREED network grew, is inspirational.”

Laura Semple the Director for National Programmes at the AHSN Network said: “Over the last three years, it has been an honour to collaborate with the 15 AHSNs on the FREED Programme. Clinical colleagues have worked diligently with their AHSN partners on the ground to get new FREED services up and running across England and it is excellent to see this achievement recognised. While we know there is much more to do to improve care for young people, the national availability of FREED is vitally important progress and we look forward to seeing the FREED network continue to thrive in the future.”

More than 1,400 entries were received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlist, making it the biggest awards programme in the award’s 43-year history. The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed within the UK’s healthcare networks.

The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16, 2023.

HIN projects shortlisted as finalists for HSJ Digital Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that three projects involving the Health Innovation Network have been selected as finalists for the HSJ Digital Awards 2023.

HIN programmes shortlisted for the prestigious awards include diabetes-focused projects HEAL-D and the Diabetes Prevention Decathlon, whilst DigitalHealth.London’s Digital Fellowships were also nominated.

Award submissions were reviewed by a specialist judging panel against specific criteria that includes ambition, outcome, spread, value and involvement.

DigitalHealth.London’s Digital Fellowship Programmes have been selected as a finalist for the Digital Literacy, Education and Upskilling Award. DigitalHealth.London is a programme delivered by Health Innovation Network in partnership with CW+, MedCity, UCLP, and other partners. DigitalHealth.London’s 12-month Digital Fellowship Programmes support NHS staff to lead transformation projects underpinned by digital innovation.

The Digital Pioneer Fellowship has supported 97 Fellows from 45 NHS organisations across London and the south east, and national organisations including NHS England. It is estimated that over 10 million patients and 140,000 NHS and social care staff have been positively impacted by the projects of the 37 Fellows from the most recent cohort supported by Boehringer Ingelheim.

The Horizon Fellowship, run in partnership with CW Innovation, is supporting 15 individuals within Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with transformation project ideas to improve patient care.

All 112 projects undertaken by Digital Pioneer and Horizon Fellows so far have led to improved patient care and/or experience either directly or indirectly. This scaleable programme is ideal for trusts and ICSs looking to boost their digital transformation capacity and capability. The team is also keen to run more Digital Fellowship programmes. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Sara Nelson on sara.nelson3@nhs.net.

The Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Diabetes (HEAL-D) Online programme supported by the HIN has been selected as a Finalist in the Reducing Health Inequalities Through Digital Award category. HEAL-D is a self-management education programme for adults living with Type-2 Diabetes (T2D) from African and Caribbean heritage that is delivered digitally through a video-conferencing platform. The programme was developed to address inequalities in T2D structured education attendance and outcomes among black African and Caribbean adults through improvements in access and experience. The seven-week curriculum combines lifestyle education and physical activity to support the adoption of healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes. HEAL-D was co-designed in partnership with people from the African and Caribbean community to ensure appropriate cultural tailoring and acceptability for people with diabetes and healthcare practitioners.

The programme enables peer support, physical activity and cooking sessions to be delivered in a virtual classroom. Participants also have access to online exercise videos to encourage regular activity, videos to reinforce programme messages, and resources about diabetes and the importance of making lifestyle changes.

HEAL-D Online demonstrates the importance of collaboration and how co-design is integral in helping people to be empowered in taking care of their health. It explores how digital tools can support the spread and adoption of innovative culturally tailored programmes. This digital solution allowed the programme to be delivered during a period when most diabetes-structured education programmes were paused, and the impact of Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting people with diabetes and from minority ethnic groups. The lessons learned from HEAL-D Online around flexible delivery will also help guide other programmes supporting the management of long term conditions.

In the Empowering Patients Through Digital Award category, our diabetes Prevention Decathlon (PD), run in partnership with South West London ICS and Sweatcoin, has been shortlisted as a Finalist. The aim of this programme was to create choice and provide more opportunities for people to access a preventative structured education programme.

A cross-organisational team created an exciting programme consisting of evidenced-based health and wellbeing information, a digital companion app (Sweatcoin) and in-session physical activities. Sweatcoin also offers weekly quizzes and a variety of videos including content recap and a pre-recorded at home workout programme.

The programme has supported many of the 68,000 people in south west London who are at risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes. Delivered over a 10-week period, PD is unique compared to other prevention programmes as it allows participants to achieve rewards through physical activity attainment by using the specialist digital companion app. Through collective motivation and healthy competition, the Decathletes are able to work with their peers as part of a team, have fun and build meaningful friendships.

Mark Edginton, Director of Operations at the HIN, said:

“It is fantastic to see our programmes being recognised as part of the HSJ Digital Awards. All three of the projects nominated are great examples of the types of work we pride ourselves on – collaborating with our partners and local communities to ensure the real-world impact of technology and innovation on patients is maximised.”Mark Edginton, Director of Operations, HIN

The HSJ Digital Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 June 2023 in Manchester.

HIN Patient safety team and AHSN network win at the prestigious HSJ Awards

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) Patient Safety and Experience’s Covid Oximetry @home work was announced as the winner in the patient safety category for the significant support Patient Safety Collaboratives and AHSNs provided to implement COVID Oximetry @home and virtual wards. The programme was delivered in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Digital and NHSX, and helped thousands of people most at risk from Covid-19 to be safely supported at home, through remote self-monitoring of their oxygen saturation levels.

The judges said, “This was an outstanding example of a true system wide collaboration. This project not only touched the UK but positively impacted people’s lives across the world. The outcomes were positively overwhelming in relation to lives saved, bed day reduction and early admissions which improved mortality and morbidity rates. It was clear that this approach contributed heavily to the prevention of the NHS becoming overwhelmed during the pandemic. The patient testimonial demonstrated the real impact to individuals and added value to the presentation coupled with the passion and authenticity of the presenters.”

Catherine Dale, HIN Programme Director for Patient Safety and Experience, said, “I am delighted that this project that demonstrates how many partners and stakeholders, came together to respond to the pandemic and keep patients safe has received such wonderful recognition.”

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ESCAPE Pain wins Self Care Innovation Award

ESCAPE pain, a project that has helped thousands of people around the UK to manage common types of musculoskeletal pain has been named as the winner of this year’s Self Care Innovation Award by the Self Care Forum.

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ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise), is designed for those with chronic osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, or with lower back pain.

It combines education about self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regime tailored to suit the needs of each participant.

Originally developed in London by Professor Mike Hurley, it has since been adopted by the Health Innovation Network and is now run by Orthopaedic Research UK. It is delivered by specially-trained facilitators in over 300 locations including hospital outpatient departments, gyms and community halls. It has been used by around 20,000 people and is estimated to have saved some £30 million in health and social care costs.

Announcing ESCAPE-pain as the winner of this year’s Self Care Innovation Award in the run-up to Self Care Week, which begins on 15 November, Self Care Forum Chair Helen Donovan said: “The ESCAPE-pain programme is an effective, scalable way to support people to self-manage osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, or lower back pain. The judges were hugely impressed both by its achievements and by its potential to help people tackle this hugely debilitating condition; we hope it continues to expand as a valuable self care tool for those living with musculoskeletal pain.”

Self Care Forum President, Dr Pete Smith added “Musculoskeletal pain affects millions of people in the UK and can be intensely debilitating.

“It accounts for 20-30% of all GP consultations, second only to minor ailments such as colds and coughs and leads to an enormous number of lost working days.”

HIN Patient Involvement Community of Practice shortlisted for an HSJ 2021 Patient Safety Award

In 2019, the HIN’s Patient Safety and Experience team partnered with the South East London Cancer Alliance to plan and launch this CoP, to develop a vision for patient involvement for SELCA, to initiate projects and to identify gaps in patient involvement as well as patient experience.

HIN Patient Involvement Community of Practice was shortlisted for an HSJ 2021 Patient Safety Award. Out of hundreds of applicants, they have been shortlisted for this year’s Service User Engagement and Co-production Award, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare. We are delighted for the team on this well-earned accomplishment! The award winners will be announced in September.

West of England AHSN submitted, on behalf of the AHSN Network, an application for PReCePT work, which has also been shortlisted for a Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year award.

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HIN shortlisted for two NHS Communicate Awards

Two projects have been shortlisted for the first-ever NHS Communicate Awards.

The ongoing You & Type 2 diabetes work in the “Use of Data and Insight for Innovation” category and for the Patient Safety and Experience #OnlyHuman campaign in the “Best Behaviour Change or Public Health Campaign” category. The winners will be announced on 16 September.

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Two HIN projects have been shortlisted for the 2021 HSJ Awards

The Health Innovation Network Patient Safety and Experience’s Covid Oximetry @home work and DigitalHealth.London’s Digital Pioneer Fellowship have both been shortlisted this week for HSJ Awards 2021.

The Covid Oximetry @home project has been shortlisted for the Patient safety award and the DigitalHealth.London’s Digital Pioneer Fellowship is a finalist for the Workforce initiative of the year award.

Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on 18 November 2021.

Congratulations to these teams on the recognition for these impactful projects improving outcomes for patients and empowering the workforce.

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South London Trusts winners and finalists at HSJ Awards

Congratulations to our member Trusts in south London who won or were finalists at yesterday’s HSJ Awards ceremony.

Notably ‘Workforce Initiative of the Year’ was won by King’s College Hospital for its Covid-19 Staff Support and Wellbeing Programme and ‘Integrated Care Partnership of the Year’ to Guy’s and St Thomas’ for its Guy’s Rapid Diagnostic Clinic Team.

There were also two initiatives that were finalists where HIN has been closely involved. The categories were:

We are proud of the recognition for the hard work of our colleagues and the impact of working collaboratively.

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Two HIN-supported projects announced as HSJ Value Awards finalists

This week the shortlist for the HSJ Value Awards was announced with two HIN-supported projects included.

The nominated projects were:

Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year‘ for Diabetes Decathlon, run by South West London Health and Care Partnership, which is another HIN Innovation Grants funded project. The Diabetes Prevention Decathlon is a ten-week structured education prevention programme. Decathletes attend weekly and within their teams collaborate to discover how to best reduce the risks through theory sessions, games, discussion and a weekly 45-minute physical activity session including a variety of sports.

‘IT & Digital Innovation Award’ for OneLondon, a HIN-backed collaborative partnership to transform health and care services through joining-up information to support fast, safe and effective care.

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Joint pain programme ESCAPE-pain and young people’s Type 1 diabetes initiative win awards

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A national programme to tackle chronic joint pain and a local initiative supporting young people with Type 1 Diabetes have won at the prestigious Health Service Journal Value Awards.

Chronic joint pain programme ESCAPE-pain and the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) that supports 14-19 year olds with Type 1 diabetes, have won prizes at the Health Service Journal Value Awards.

ESCAPE-pain won the MSK Care Initiative of the Year. Since being on the programme , Ann, 68, is no longer in constant pain. She said: “Osteoarthritis was really impacting on my daily life as I had to ask for help to do everyday tasks around the home. My life has significantly changed since I completed the course and I’ve continued to do the exercises and now I no longer have any pain and I live a very active life.”

ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) is a national programme offering face-to-face and online exercises to help people suffering from chronic joint pain. Driven by the NHS’s Health Innovation Network, in south London, and backed by Sport England and in association with Versus Arthritis, roll-out of the programme has been supported by the national Academic Health Science Network. Prior to Covid-19, the programme was running in 295 sites and has helped 19,300 participants since it started.

ESCAPE-pain programme originator Professor Mike Hurley said:

“The judges were clearly impressed with the general ethos of the programme about self-management, its effectiveness and benefits that it brings to individuals and the healthcare system as a whole. We hope the award gives a boost to ESCAPE-pain that we believe can make a major contribution to the post-Covid-19 NHS ‘reset’.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme, which is supported by the HIN, runs vital programmes for 14-19 years-olds with Type 1 Diabetes. It won the HSJ Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year.

YES programme Lead Dr Dulmini Kariyawasam, consultant at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Foundation Trust , said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been named as the winners in the Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year 2020! The positive impact of this award will help to create a long-lasting legacy and bolster our efforts to expand the YES programme across London giving every young person living with Type 1 diabetes in London access to the programme.”

“The HIN seeks to speed up the spread and adoption of evidence-based innovation in health and care so both these award-winning projects highlight the value of our work to improve lives. A huge well done to both teams. ”Health Innovation Network Chief Executive Zoe Lelliott

The Health Innovation Network’s Diabetes team Project Manager, Ellen Pirie, said:

“Young people suffering with Type 1 Diabetes face many challenges and the YES programme offers them practical support on issues such as food, sexual health and handling a diabetic seizure. There are also opportunities to go on social outings and try out new skills such as driving and rock-climbing and it’s this peer support network building that I know participants really benefit from.”

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‘Good luck’ to life-saving nurse nominated for prestigious RCNi Award

We are delighted to support Rekha Govindan from Chegworth House, Sutton. She was nominated for the Patient’s Choice category of the RCNi Nurse Awards. Read about the story below.


  • Last year Rekha won our Recognition Award for Innovator of the year.
  • She was the first care home manager to the first care home nurse to create Coordinate My Care (CMC) plans single-handedly as part of the CMC in Care Homes project.

A patient – who was told there was little that doctors could do to save his life – has miraculously recovered thanks to the devotion of a care-home nurse.
Rekha Govindan, a nurse and manager at Chegworth Home, in Sutton, did not give up on the male patient after he was discharged from hospital with a fatal 15-cm stomach wound.
Doctors told the patient he had just weeks to live after the wound would not heal, became infected and stopped him from eating and moving around.
But the bleak prognosis did not deter nurse Rekha. Instead she set about putting together nothing short of a ‘miracle’ care plan and soon the patient, who wants to remain anonymous, began responding.
The patient explained: “With her skill the wound began to heal and I could take off the dressing and then I finally got rid of my catheter bag.

“They filled me with hope and made me want to fight and not to die. I was on my death bed, but now I am living a happy life.”Patient, Chegworth Home

“With her focus on nutrition, I put on weight. I was so thin and frail before. The team helped me to get back on my feet and walk again. “

After six months of Rekha’s dedicated nursing skills the wound finally closed-up which meant the patient was able to eat, put on weight and finally leave the care home altogether and return to normal life.

He added: “They filled me with hope and made me want to fight and not to die. I was on my death bed, but now I am living a happy life.

“Rekha and her team even helped me to find accommodation once I was better, on the coast where I am living now.”

Rekha said she was delighted to be nominated as one of only six exceptional nurses in the category of ‘Patient’s Choice’.

“This has been one of the most complex cases in my 17-year history of working in the nursing home.

“I hope this story goes some way to highlight, often among controversy, the expertise, skill and dedication that care homes are providing.”

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards enable members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor, healthcare assistant or assistant practitioner who has provided exceptional care.

The winner will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony Thursday 8 October 8pm and the team at HIN wish her the ‘best of luck!’

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AHSNs win AF Association Healthcare Pioneer Awards

The AHSN Network Atrial Fibrillation (AF) programme and six regional AHSN partner AF projects have received AF Association Healthcare Pioneer awards for best practice in AF detection and treatment.

The AF Association is a UK charity that focuses on raising awareness of AF by providing information and support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting, diagnosing and managing AF. Each year, the AF Association Healthcare Pioneer awards recognise those who demonstrate excellent clinical practice and the development of AF services to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

AHSNs projects were amongst the 17 winners at the 2019 awards. Regional projects recognised included:

  • East Midlands AHSN, for work in partnership with East Midlands Clinical Network and 19 Clinical Commissioning Groups, preventing an estimated 167 strokes, 56 deaths, secure health and care cost efficiencies of £3.45million per year.
  • Health Innovation Manchester, for supporting NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, facilitating pharmacy-led clinical reviews in 38 GP practices to detect and optimise treatment for those with AF.
  • Health Innovation Network, for supporting Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust to trial mobile ECG devices. These were used in in community clinics, domiciliary settings and at awareness events. Opportunistic testing was also conducted by community podiatrists.
  • Oxford AHSN, for working with Buckinghamshire CCG to improve therapy for a patient cohort with complex needs that had not been met by existing anticoagulation pathways.
  • UCLPartners, for work with South East Essex CCGs, issuing mobile ECG devices to 82 per cent of practices across the CCGs, resulting in 23 new patients identified with possible AF and 431 additional patients receiving anticoagulation treatment.
  • Eastern AHSN, for work with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, providing mobile ECG devices which contributed to 49 patients newly diagnosed with AF and 44 patients started on anticoagulation therapy.

The awards took place during the AF Association Global AF Aware Week Parliamentary Event, held within the Palace of Westminster.

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Winners of the 2019 Recognition Awards Announced

Winners of the 2019 Recognition Awards Announced

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) work together with a variety of health and care teams in south London to speed up the best of health and care for our communities. The HIN Recognition Awards 2019 celebrate some of the fantastic work and partnerships we are involved in.

Our membership is made up of organisations from across south London’s academic, local government and health and social care landscape. We work with acute and mental health trusts, clinical commissioning groups, community providers, local authorities, universities and third sector bodies.

Zoë Lelliott, Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network said: “The enthusiasm and commitment across our membership to improve the lives of patients through innovation never ceases to inspire me. The Recognition Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate some of the very best work of our members. I am delighted the Health Innovation Network is highlighting examples of excellence in partnerships, Trusts and individuals in our community through these awards, and I congratulate the worthy winners.”

Over half of our team participated in the Recognition Awards in August 2019. We received many nominations and the winners were announced at the Health Innovation Network Award ceremony in Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday 24 September.

The results of the HIN South London 2019 Recognition Awards are:

Innovative Trust of the year

Winner: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Special credit is given to the innovation and improvement initiatives by Ben Wanless, the physiotherapy team, Emma Evans and the New Beginnings Experience Based Co Design project improving the experience of birth in theatres, and Edward Jebson’s work in adoption of innovation products.

Excellence in adoption of Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) products

Winners: Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Special credit is given to Elizabeth Aitken and David Knevett’s strategic approach to the adoption of ITP with full commitment to adopting all relevant products across the hospital.

Winners: Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Special credit is given to Jonathan Grellier for his continued enthusiasm and support for the ITP and Accelerated Access Collaborative, helping to achieve collaboration across the trust within both clinical and managerial teams.

Partnership of the year

Winners: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and the Metropolitan Police

Special credit is given to Rachel Matheson, Magda Berge, Jon Garrett and Superintendent Mark Lawrence representing the three trusts and the Metropolitan police who have worked together, sharing learning to help each other succeed to successfully implement Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM).

Innovator of the year

Winner: Chegworth Nursing Home (Sutton Homes)

Special credit is given to Rekha Govindan, the first care home nurse to create Coordinate My Care (CMC) plans single-handedly as part of the CMC in Care Homes project.

For more information on how we work with members on innovation projects please contact hin.southlondon@nhs.net.

Professor Mike Hurley, ESCAPE-pain developer nominated for Outstanding Individual of the Year award

HIN’s Professor Mike Hurley nominated for Outstanding Individual of the Year 2018

Professor Mike Hurley, Developer of the ESCAPE-pain programme, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual of the Year award at this year’s Active Training Awards. Vote for him before 26 October 2018.

The Active Training Awards celebrates the success of the activity workforce and the very best of Learning and Development within the sector. Professor Mike Hurley has been nominated as a result of his relentless commitment to the development, implementation and evaluation of ESCAPE-pain, an evidence-based rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain.

Professor Mike Hurley qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985 and obtained his PhD in 1992. Before dedicating his time to ESCAPE-pain, he was a lecturer, reader and professor of phsyiotherapy at King’s College London and a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Kingston & St George’s. He chaired the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee, acted as Clinical Advisor to Versus Arthritis (Arthritis Research UK), as well as an advisor to the NICE committee drawing up clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis. He is currently also the research lead for the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Vote for Professor Mike Hurley now and follow @ESCAPE_pain on Twitter to follow the nomination. Award winners will be announced on 15 November 2018.

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ESCAPE-pain wins Specialist Training Programme of the Year at Active Training Awards

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The winners of the prestigious Active Training Awards have been revealed by ukactive, as the physical activity sector celebrated the champions of workforce development last night (15 November 2018).

A total of eight awards were made during the evening, with this year’s finalists reflecting a broader spectrum of employers, trainers and suppliers than ever before – from traditional markets to community operations and public health programmes.

Specialist Training Programme of the Year was awarded to Health Innovation Network for its ‘Escape Pain’ exercise programme and app which help people with chronic joint pain to improve their mobility.

Keynote speeches focused on the opportunities ahead, with insights from Sport England Director of Workforce Caroline Fraser, Purple Cubed Chairman Jane Sunley and CIMSPA CEO Tara Dillon.

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Sport England award ESCAPE-pain a grant to tackle inactivity

ESCAPE-pain awarded a Sport England grant to tackle inactivity in inactive people over 55

Inactivity among the over 55s is responsible for as many deaths as smoking. Research has shown that as you get older, you’re far more likely to do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

Sport England is investing £10 million of National Lottery funding into projects that will help inactive people to become active. The Active Ageing fund is supporting innovative and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of efforts to tackle inactivity.

They are investing up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England that are working to reduce the number of inactive older adults.

Today, they announced ESCAPE-pain has been awarded funding as part of the Active Ageing funding programme to continue to deliver their Rehabilitation programme for people with Arthritic pain in south London.

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Professor Mike Hurley, ESCAPE-pain creator awarded prestigious NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship

Professor Mike Hurley’s rehabilitation programme, ESCAPE-pain, one of 11 innovations selected to join the nationally-celebrated NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations.

Each of the new innovations joining the NIA in 2017 offer solutions to key challenges in Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care and Mental Health. ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain. It is proven to reduce pain for patients and help them to understand their condition, at a lower cost to healthcare organisations.

ESCAPE-pain’s recruitment onto the NIA follows an international call and robust selection process, including review by a collegiate of over 100 assessors and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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ESCAPE-pain secures Best Practice Award in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Best Practice Awards reward excellence and showcase exemplary rheumatology services by promoting innovation and best practice across every aspect of rheumatology treatment. The 2016 Best Practice Awards celebrate an innovative or particularly successful scheme involving patients in their local service improvement, in partnership with Versus Arthritis.

ESCAPE-pain an evidence-based, cost-effective, group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant has been successful in securing a Best Practice Award in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disorders from the British Society for Rheumatology.

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AbbVie Sustainable Healthcare announces ESCAPE- pain as finalist for award

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the finalists of its inaugural Sustainable Healthcare ‘Patients as Partners’ Award. The AbbVie Big Ideas for Better Health Awards were launched by AbbVie in 2015 as a way to recognise, celebrate and share exceptional examples of improvements and innovation that demonstrate a clear benefit to the lives of patients.

The ESCAPE-pain team was recognised for enabling patients with exercises that can manage pain caused by osteoarthritis, also known as chronic joint pain. This has empowered patients to manage their osteoarthritis through selfcare, has reduced hospital admissions and saved NHS resources. Winners will receive a £3,000 bursary to extend their project or pilot new ideas for the benefit of patients and/or the NHS.

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ESCAPE-pain selected as semi-finalist for the Harvard Business School Acceleration challenge

ESCAPE- pain has been selected as a semi-finalist in Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School’s Health Acceleration Challenge.

The Forum on Health Care Innovation, a collaboration between Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), announced today the semi-finalists in its Health Acceleration Challenge, which focuses on taking compelling, already-implemented health care solutions and helping them to grow and increase their impact through powerful networking and funding opportunities.

When announced in August, the finalists will share $150,000 in prize money, with an additional $50,000 going to the eventual winner, who will be named a year from now after the four finalists have pursued their dissemination plans. All of them will become the subject of an HBS case study. Since its launch in 2014, the Health Acceleration Challenge has received over 600 applications and attracted more than 25,000 online visitors from 29 countries.

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Health and wellbeing award presented to ESCAPE- pain for work in the community

ESCAPE- pain health and wellbeing award

The Health Innovation Network awarded the two year Health & Wellbeing Awards for its ESCAPE – into the community programme

The Health & Wellbeing Awards is the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. The two year award is given for organisations that demonstrated cross-organisation and embedded health improvement strategy that is measurable, effective and efficient, enabling the individuals and communities served to improve their health.

The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.

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