The Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation group (known locally as the CAT group) has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Best Practice Award’ from the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR). The group is supported by researchers from the IPCHS1 at Keele University, and uses Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) to identify areas where the evidence behind clinical practice is unknown, to inform the research agenda and implement clinical change.
The Chair of the judging panel (Dr Peter Lanyon) for the 2016 Best Practice Awards in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Health informed us that the CAT group has been selected as an award winner in the category of Outstanding Best Practice. He extended congratulations to the team for this excellent achievement. The panel was greatly impressed by the innovative approach taken by this initiative, in meeting the challenge of translating research into changes in clinical practice. The panel felt that there was strong evidence of impact on the delivery of patient care and that the collaborative approach taken to address emerging clinical issues could be adopted by other services.
The group will receive a certificate that will be presented to all winners at the BSR Annual Conference in Glasgow.
In addition to the award, all winning projects will be turned into a short case study and collated into a case study pack for use by BSR in promotional activity going forward. This will include work with NICE, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups. These case study packs will be available at the annual conference and each case study will also be made into a poster, which will be on display in the main conference auditorium across the three days of conference.
Later this year a Best Practice Awards learning event open to all participating sites as a way of sharing best practice and influencing service change. This will involve presentations to peers and other select guests from the world of policy and commissioning.
By Kay Stevenson, Consultant Physiotherapist, Haywood Hospital