On demand: Environmentally sustainable healthcare

Programme stream: Join this topical and hugely important session for an overview of developments on medicines sustainability and existing resources to support environmentally sustainable medicines use. The session will also showcase case examples of environmentally sustainable healthcare practices, including this year’s BMJ Awards winner Amit Arora, exploring how we can save lives with solar.

Natasha Callender, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow 2019/20; Hospital Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation team, Improvement Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Jaidev Mehta, Pharmacy Business Intelligence Manager, Hospital Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation team, Improvement Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Amit Arora, UHNM Consultant in Care of Older People.
Lucy Hagger, Sustainability Group Lead, AXON Communications.

Amit Arora – UHNM Consultant in Care of Older People

Dr Amit Arora has been a frontline consultant geriatrician in the North Midlands since 2004. He has served as Chairman of the England Council of the British Geriatrics Society. He is a member of some national committees, advisory bodies and working groups in the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care.

He chairs the Quality Review Service for people living with Dementia (and also frailty) advising commissioners and provider organizations nationally.
He is also the clinical lead for NIHR CRN: Ageing for West Midlands. He has a keen interest in National and International Health quality and policy for the ageing population and has contributed internationally.
He is a full-time clinician but has over 100 publications including invited book chapters, editorials, reviews and college reports.

He is also the founding director of the Midlands Frailty Academy which is providing free frailty training to all grades of health and social care staff.
In 2016, he developed the ‘National Deconditioning Awareness and Prevention Campaign: Get up Get Dressed Get Moving’ the concept of which is now being adopted by many hospitals in UK and abroad and is accredited with the naming and inventing of ‘deconditioning syndrome’.

RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2020 – the winners have been announced!

Excellence in Patient Care Awards
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold a dedicated awards ceremony this year. Instead, we announced the winners during a virtual ceremony between 13–19 May 2020. Take a look at our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, using the hashtag #EPCA2020.

Digital Award
Recognises and rewards the use of new or existing technologies or digitally driven projects that have contributed to significant improvements in patient care or health outcomes.

Winner – Flash Glucose Collaboration (alliance between the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, the Diabetes Technology Network UK and NHS England)…


Amit Arora – Hamad

Dr. Amit Arora has been a consultant geriatrician in the North Midlands since 2004. He has served as Chairman of the England Council of the British Geriatrics Society, Deputy Chairman of the Medical Specialties Committee of the British Medical Association, Regional President of the BMA, and has been an advisor member for the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board in England.


Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis

The potential clinical benefits of medicines optimisation through comprehensive geriatric assessment, carried out by secondary care geriatricians, in a general practice care setting in North Staffordshire, UK: a feasibility study | BMJ Open. Objectives To evaluate the feasibility and potential clinical benefits of medicines optimisation through comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) of frail patients with multiple conditions, by secondary care geriatricians in a general practice care setting. Methods Seven general practitioner (GP) practices in one region of Stoke-on-Trent volunteered to take part.


This city hospital clinician is helping to revolutionise the way elderly people are cared for

Dr Amit Arora is behind a number of initiatives all aimed at improving the lives of patients. Caring clinician Dr Amit Arora works tirelessly to improving the care received by elderly patients by dedicating his time to sending new ideas and research across the globe.

And the 52-year-old, who has been working at Royal Stoke University Hospital since 2004, has recently helped set up a new helpline to assist people with medication.

Another idea coming from Amit’s team has been a ‘frailty academy’ that teaches NHS staff how to look after the needs of older people, especially as many now have multiple and complex medical conditions.

The work from the passionate team has already been recognised across the country, with the British Medical Journal, Health Services Journal Awards, and the Chief Nurse already nominating them for national honours…


Outstanding NHS AwardsOutstanding Contribution Award | Skills for Health

Outstanding NHS Staff recognised in national Our Health Heroes Awards by Skills for Health and NHS Employers for amazing contributions.

Hundreds of individuals have been nominated for the Our Health Heroes Outstanding Contribution award, sponsored by NHS Employers.

Meet our finalists

• Cordy Gaubert is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts
• Janis Hostad is an Education and Development Coordinator at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
• Amit Arora is a Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM)

Voting is now closed for this award category. Winners will be announced at the Our Health Heroes virtual ceremony on the 23rd of March.

How were finalists selected?

The health sector is made up of thousands of people who go above and beyond for the benefit of patient care and service delivery, and who support their peers and colleagues. Nominees for this award demonstrated an ability to act as a role model in the workplace, always encouraging those around them. These people make outstanding contributions that make a difference not only to the immediate care of individuals but also to the wider healthcare sector.

Assessment criteria

• Role model – demonstrating support for colleagues, someone who is looked up to, respected, and trusted by peers
• Patient/service focused to improve services and experiences for better patient outcomes
• Going above and beyond the call of duty demonstrating a commitment to the sector and their work

If you have any questions please email OHHAwards@skillsforhealth.org.uk