The annual Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics is now open for entries for 2021.
Named in honour of the first female fellow of the RSS, the award is aimed at practitioners whose work in data analytics has played a crucial role in delivering innovative improvements for UK healthcare. It is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, and is now in its second year.
Last year’s joint winners were NHS Blood and Transplant for its algorithm to improve kidney transplant matching and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and The Alan Turing Institute for their ‘guardian angel’ web app for nurses.
Professor Sylvia Richardson, President of the RSS, said: 'Data analysts have worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping make crucial improvements to our healthcare system. Whether it’s looking at how to better allocate PPE or characterising hospital trajectory of Covid patients, the award celebrates the successes of practitioners who have gone the extra mile in their work.'
Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics at the Health Foundation, said: 'The pandemic continues to show us the importance of innovation in the use of analytics and data-driven technology, and the critical role it is playing in supporting the response to Covid-19 and the recovery of the NHS and social care moving forward. We look forward to seeing how organisations and individuals are promoting better use of data to improve health and social care services across the country.'
The deadline for entries is Monday 12 April and the award will be presented in the summer. To learn more about the criteria and to download the entry form, go to: rss.org.uk/The-Florence-Nightingale-Award/
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