Innovative Greater Manchester Stroke Project shortlisted for prestigious BMJ Awards 2019

CHC Stroke Project BMJ Shortlisted

The innovative ABC-ICH Stroke project has been shortlisted in the Stroke and Cardiovascular category for the prestigious BMJ Awards 2019.

The team, made up of experts from the Greater Manchester Connected Health City (GM CHC) programme at The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group), have designed an app to assist in the delivery of an innovative ‘ABC care bundle’ to improve care for stroke patients.

Stroke affects about 6,000 people across Greater Manchester each year. 1 in 10 strokes are caused by a blood vessel rupturing within the brain (intracerebral haemorrhage or ICH) which has the worst outcomes of all stroke subtypes. GM CHC are improving patient outcomes by using technology to support clinical teams to deliver the right care to Stroke patients in time critical situations.

Since the care bundle and app have been implemented, two lives have been saved every month. The ‘ABC care bundle’, developed at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust by Dr Adrian Parry-Jones and the team, improves care by:

  • Rapidly reversing blood thinning drugs (Anticoagulants)
  • Lowering patients’ blood pressure in the emergency department (Blood pressure)
  • Ensuring that the patients in need of neurosurgery are taken there as quickly as possible (Care pathway.)

The project originated following funding from the cardiovascular research domain within Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), now part of Health Innovation Manchester.

This year’s BMJ Awards attracted 291 entries across 14 categories. The awards reflect The BMJ’s mission to improve patient outcomes and showcase the very best healthcare by recognising and celebrating the exceptional work done by doctors and their teams across the UK.

The finalists will gather in London for a morning of judging followed by “Excellence in Healthcare,” an afternoon programme featuring speakers such as Helen Bevan, chief transformation officer at NHS Horizons. The BMJ Awards evening will then follow at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel in London.

Congratulations to the Stroke project team and all of the finalists for being shortlisted in such a prestigious and highly competitive field and very best of luck for The BMJ Awards 2019. The full list of shortlisted teams are available on The BMJ Awards website.