Judges’ Special Award

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Dr Mick Peake

Clinical Lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN)

Dr Peake is a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine for the University Hospitals of Leicester, based at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK.

He has published widely and been involved in the development of national policy for lung cancer and cancer intelligence in various roles. He is Clinical Lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and for the National Lung Cancer Audit Programme (NLCA), run jointly between the Information Centre and the Royal College of Physicians, where he is Associate Director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit.

He is National Lead Clinician for Lung Cancer in NHS Improvement where he is also the secondary care lead for the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI). He chairs the Clinical Reference Group of the NLCA, is co-chair of the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group. He is also a member of the steering group of the British Thoracic Oncology Group, vice-chair of Mesothelioma UK, a member of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group (NCAAG) and chairs the clinical section of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC).

His major interests are in early diagnosis and improving outcomes for lung cancer patients by proper service configuration, supported by good clinical outcome data.

Judges' comments

"Mick’s achievements with the NCIN has had a huge impact on the area of lung cancer. He has completely transformed the landscape and got us to think about what we do and he’s still so passionate about what he does and believes in quality of care."


Commended for an outstanding project

The use of telephone updates to reduce the anxiety of parents during brain tumour operations on their children

By Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children.  The usual first major step in management is an operation for diagnostic and treatment purposes. These operations usually take many hours and families are all too aware of the peri-operative risk of death or serious neurological injury. Feedback from families indicated that the time spent waiting during these operations was the most anxious of their lives.

The team instigated a system of telephone updates directly from the operating room to families during these long cases. Updates are given every one to two hours during the case, either to a parent’s mobile phone or to a hospital cordless telephone which works anywhere within the hospital and is not reliant on a mobile phone signal. A message is relayed directly from the surgeon, via a member of the theatre team to the waiting family. In addition the family can be easily located at the end of the case.

Judges' comments

"This was a delightful project that is replicable and should be rolled out nationwide. It is a simply inspired idea and you can’t help but be anything other than impressed. It is sustainable, cost-effective and massively improved parents’ stress and anxiety levels."

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