21 July, 2017

News > Picker shortlisted for NIHR award on sickle cell research

Picker has been shortlisted for a national award that recognises interesting and innovative ways that research can be publicised.

An infographic created by Picker, which highlights and explains themes from our recent research on Sickle Cell Disease, was shortlisted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the Infographic category of their ‘Let’s Get Digital’ Awards.  The research was commissioned by researchers from the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Healthcare Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, in partnership with the Sickle Cell Society.

The awards recognise the creativity of those people involved in NIHR research using video, photography, websites, infographics and online communities to promote research.

Amy Tallett, Head of Research at Picker, said “We’re extremely proud to have been shortlisted for this award, and I’d like to thank NIHR for recognising and celebrating the importance of clear communications in healthcare research.”

“Our research with the Sickle Cell Society and CLAHRC Northwest London highlighted some alarming trends regarding awareness of the condition amongst healthcare professionals, and limited understanding from friends and family of people living with Sickle Cell Disease.”

The research focused directly on the people’s experiences of living with Sickle Cell Disease and the associated healthcare they receive.  A survey was developed and implemented. With over 700 responses, it was the largest ever feedback drive of people living with the condition conducted in the UK.

The survey asked patients about aspects of care that are important to them, including access to care services, information and support for their condition, and their views on care across inpatient, outpatient and Accident and Emergency (A&E) settings.

The results highlighted specific concerns about urgent care provision, with many people reporting less positive experiences of A&E attendance versus planned tertiary care.

Respondents felt that urgent care staff were not only less knowledgeable, but also less sympathetic and understanding of their needs, than their secondary care colleagues.  Read more on the results here: http://www.picker.org/news/results-nationwide-sickle-cell-disease-survey-raises-questions-around-condition-awareness/

Amy continued “Picker takes pride in communicating the complex information learned through our extensive research in clear, accessible and engaging ways, and this infographic is a great example of the work that we do to ensure that our research findings are shared widely to inform care improvements.”

All of the shortlisted entries can be viewed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAf-R_VDWoxi04caYy9IJkwrp1LOsfF7oxwyev7tKn-4CSOA/viewform and the public can vote for their favourite entry in each category.  Voting closes on Wednesday 2 August.

Amy concluded “The other shortlisted entries display some extremely creative ideas; I’d like to take the chance to wish all those shortlisted the best of luck, and to thank the NIHR for running these awards which recognise and celebrate forward thinking.”


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