News / SH:24 shortlisted for British Medical Journal Award

posted on: March 8, 2017

Online sexual and reproductive health service SH:24 has been shortlisted within the ‘Innovation Team’ category at this year’s British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards.

SH:24 BMJ Awards

Now in their 9th year, the BMJ Awards are the UK’s leading medical awards, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country. Selected alongside a cohort of inspirational healthcare teams and services, also collaborating and working in and alongside the NHS, SH:24 has made it through to the 60 overall shortlisted teams and five nominations within the ‘Innovation Team’ category.

On the shortlisting, Chris Howroyd - Service Director at SH:24 said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the ‘Innovation Team’ category at this year’s BMJ Awards. Innovation is at the very heart of SH:24, forming the basis of how this service is succeeding in helping more and more people, so to be recognised in this area, alongside so many other groundbreaking public services, is a great honour.”

Originally delivered in partnership with Unboxed, an innovative approach was taken to tackle rising STI rates across the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. At the time, with diagnosis rates of 3,209.7 per 100,000 residents (Lambeth) and 2,199.4 per 100,000 residents (Southwark), these areas were experiencing some of the highest rates across Europe. Through collaborating to validate and deliver this user-led service to help reduce these numbers, the SH:24 service has now been scaled up and rolled out across further areas of the UK.

Read more about the development of SH:24 here.

The BMJ 2017 Awards are set to take place on Thursday 4th May at the Park Plaza Westminster.