Two teams at Brighton and Hove’s main hospital have been recognised at a national awards ceremony
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals are no stranger to innovation. Their staff ‘think out of the box’ every day to make improvements to how they deliver our services and better patient care.
This innovation was recognised again at the annual British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards last week.
They had not one, but two teams competing for the coveted BMJ Innovation Award.
A spokesperson for the Hospital said “Our HIV team were the overall category winner for their community HIV self-testing initiative – an ingenious and unique hi-tech vending machine that dispenses HIV testing kits.
“Engaging gay men in routine testing is a key aim and the convenience of the vending machine scheme empowers individuals to know their status and help normalise the conversation about HIV.
“The innovative project is a collaboration between the Martin Fisher Foundation, BioSure, BSMS, designers and BSUH clinicians and researchers – a great example of true partnership working, combined with innovative technology. Congratulations to BSUH HIV consultant Gillian Dean and the team. We should all feel proud that our Trust is at the forefront of HIV prevention.”
Dr Jaime Vera, Senior Lecturer in HIV at BSMS and HIV clinician, who helped develop the machine, said: “This project was a true collaboration between community partners, designers, academics and clinicians in Brighton that worked together to develop an innovative intervention to make HIV testing more accessible to the public.
“We are very grateful to the BMJ for the award which has given the team great motivation to continue working together towards reaching the goal of Zero HIV infections and HIV stigma in Brighton and Hove by 2025.”
The A&E team, led by ED consultant Rob Galloway, didn’t walk away empty-handed either.
The team’s innovative approaches to ‘Transform the A&E Workforce’ were highly commended and implementing consultants’ annualised self-rostering, clinical fellows roles and single-clerking have made significant improvements to the Emergency Department.
Main photo – Community HIV-self testing team