The Quality in Care Excellence in Oncology Awards recognises best practice in oncology management, education and patient care in the UK. Shout Out! came second in the Patient Experience category, which awards entries that demonstrate they improve the experiences reported by patients about their treatment and care. In particular, it credits projects that involve patients in their development.
The awards' 12 categories cover a diverse range of fields, including cancer commissioning, improving the lives of people with cancer and patient safety. Each entry is reviewed by a panel of eminent oncology professionals and representatives from cancer patient groups and industry experts.
Colourful and fun, as well as informative, Shout Out! is aimed at children with cancer aged 7 to 13 years old, when on treatment and when treatment has ended, and is distributed by post directly to children and via specialist children's oncology centres across the UK.
Commenting on the success of the publication at the awards, CLIC Sargent Director of Communications, Liz North said: "I am delighted that Shout Out! has been recognised – we developed the magazine in consultation with younger children with cancer and the magazine features input and material from children in each issue. We know that children living with cancer can feel isolated, which is why Shout Out! was developed. I would like to congratulate and thank all those involved in the Shout Out! project – both from CLIC Sargent, and of course the children who’ve taken part and contributed to the magazine."
First place in the closely contested category went to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Cancer Centre, for the 'Efficiency of Emergency Assessment Bay model for Onco-Haematological related emergencies' programme.