13 healthcare professionals win leadership awards to improve the quality of patient care

The Health Foundation is today delighted to announce the winners of its prestigious Leaders for Change award scheme. 13 healthcare professionals from across the UK have been selected to receive the awards, which will help them to lead change and achieve lasting improvements in the quality of patient care. The award winners represent a number of varied fields including occupational therapy, nursing, acute care, psychiatry, mental health and public health.

During the 12-month scheme, each award holder will work on self-designed projects to help bring about local service improvement. To further develop their leadership skills, they will attend a structured learning programme in change management at Lancaster University Management School. The winners also each receive a £3000 training allowance.

Gill Hastings, Assistant Director at The Health Foundation, congratulated the award winners by saying, "I am confident that these individuals will go on to make a real difference to the delivery of health services in their local communities and beyond. This is the fourth year we have offered this innovative leadership award programme and the standards of applications were, as previously, extremely high. Once again, we were struck by the drive and commitment of health professionals to improve the quality of patient services."

Dr Elaine Swan, Senior Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School, added: "We're delighted to be working with The Health Foundation again on this important scheme and welcome this year's intake of award winners from such diverse health backgrounds. The Change Agents Skills programme will give these busy professionals the expert support and time they need to reflect on their current practice and to develop new ways of working."

To read more about the individual award winners their specific projects visit <http://www.health.org.uk/mediaroom/notestoeditors/index.cfm?id=96&archive=true> . The next round of the Leaders for Change award scheme opens for applications in early 2007. More information about the scheme and previous award winners can be found on The Health Foundation's website at www.health.org.uk <http://www.health.org.uk>

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jo Parish or James Adler

The Health Foundation Press Office

Direct: 020 7257 8017

Out of hours: 07921 700 356

Email: pressoffice@health.org.uk <mailto:pressoffice@health.org.uk>

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About The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation wants to make the quality of healthcare in the UK the best it can be.  Working with others, we are helping to shape a future healthcare system that offers safe, effective and responsive care for all. We are a charitable foundation and operate independently from government, political parties or other interest groups. Our endowment enables us to spend at least £20 million annually. We seek out the best people in healthcare and support them to learn and share with others. Through projects, research and evaluation studies we test and measure new ways of improving health services for the future. We seek to influence healthcare decision-makers so that we achieve sustainable and widespread improvements in the quality of patient care.

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