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The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff celebrates innovation in the NHS at its first awards ceremony


Today, The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff’s first ever awards ceremony is taking place at Village Underground, London. Launched earlier this year, by health commentator and influential blogger, Roy Lilley, The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff (Fab NHS Stuff), celebrates enthusiasm, passion, pride and innovation in the NHS.

The website is popular with people in the NHS, social care and its providers. Over 1,000 people visit the website every day for ideas and solutions that are replicable and transferable to other care settings.

Organisations and individuals share best practice by nominating their ideas, product or service – readers then vote on each month’s entries. There are six award categories – 5127; TNT; Rosa Parks; 4 Candles; Hartly Larkin; Penguin Teamship and Piccalilley.

Roy Lilley, founder, The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff, says: “The NHS is full of great ideas and Fab NHS Stuff has become a repository of excellence and innovation. Our followers do amazing things and by sharing these posts we’re ensuring we don’t reinvent the wheel, but continue to learn from each other.

“Today’s celebration of fabness is our way of recognising and promoting the great stuff happening in the NHS every day. It is also our opportunity to say a huge thank you to the fabulous people who are determined to make a difference.”

Each winner has been shortlisted to be a finalist at the awards ceremony. The overall winners from each category are:

5127 Award: 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Street triage for people in mental health crisis – A scheme that prevents people who are having a mental health crisis being detained in police custody.

TNT Award: Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dining companions – A programme where volunteers help on wards at mealtimes, specifically to help patients eat their meals or even just keep them company.

Rosa Parks: Motiv8 North West Wales

Promoting the links between mental health and activity – An annual event of sports activities that make people feel able to connect with others, have fun and not feel so isolated in such a rural location.

4 Candles Award: South Glasgow University Hospital

Reliably finding out “what matters” to older people in hospital – Posters displayed above a person’s bed to remind anyone supporting that patient of the things that are important to the people in their ward.

Hartly Larkin Award: NHS Emergency Care Intensive Support Team

The SAFER patient flow bundle – A set of simple rules that, if followed routinely, will help improve patient flow, patient experience and reduce length of stay across adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

Penguin Teamship Award: Department of Health with SAPHNA, QNI and RCN

School nurses supporting well being of young carers – A pathway designed to support integrated working between the school nursing service, other public health nurses and partners in supporting young carers and their families.

Piccalilley Award: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Singing Sensations, Because they want to, Nutrition Assistants  – Making a difference, Wellbeing Library – A series of projects at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust that aim to improve patient experience.

Overall Winner Award: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Safe Staffing App – A simple, quick to use tool that allows the trust to see an accurate, live staffing position from ward to board.

Notes to editor

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 The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff

The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff was set up by blogger, broadcaster and health commentator, Roy Lilley, on Valentine’s Day in February 2015. People share all the fabulous things about the NHS on the website, sharing best practice examples, great ideas and service solutions.

The Awards

5127 Award

Absolutely committed. Fiercely determined. Brim-full of self-belief. Refusing to compromise. Dedicated to perfection. The winner of the 5127 award will have demonstrated all of these attributes. 5127 refers to the number of prototypes that Sir James Dyson developed before finally marketing his first Dyson ‘Cyclone’ vacuum cleaner.

Hartly Larkin Award

On the night of May 7th 1765 Hartly Larkin, a dockyard foreman at Chatham marine docks was deeply troubled. HMS Victory was to be launched the next morning and was 9.5 inches wider than the dock exit. Acting entirely on initiative, he convened a gathering of shipwrights and carpenters who set to work cutting away the docks timbers. Larkin and his team, quite simply, had done what needed to be done. This award is for a team who has echoed this concept in a project.

Rosa Parks Award

An award for those who have been brave enough to reject mindless conformity and find a new, inspiring and effective means of doing something.

4 Candles Award

The 2 Ronnies, featuring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker, first broadcast their ‘4 Candles’ sketch in 1976. This award is for a team whose project has relied on an ability to listen and respond to feedback from any source.

TNT Award

Often the biggest impacts are made by the smallest actions, and the Academy of Fab NHS Stuff wants to recognise, share and celebrate everything, no matter how small – hence the TNT or ‘Tiny Noticeable Things’ award for a project or person that has

embodied this sentiment.

Penguin Teamship Award

Sometimes a problem or issue is too challenging or substantial to be overcome by just one person. Penguins have known this and demonstrate the most extraordinary teamwork to protect themselves from adversity. This is an award for a team who has prevailed in the face of adversity.

Piccalilley Award

Each week, Roy picks a winner from among all the entries. It’s his personal choice and it’s not democratic – but the Piccalilley awards reflect Roy’s passion for finding all the new, fabulous stuff in the NHS and shouting about it.


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