National award for IS4 alumni


Celebrations for the Virtual Biologics Clinic, as former IS4 graduate has work recognised nationally.

Back in 2014, as part of the first Improvement Science for Academics (IS4AC) cohort, Ben Parker began his improvement journey. Dr Ben Parker, Consultant Rheumatologist, CMFT, set up the Virtual Biologics Clinic (VBC) after his participation on the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) funded Improvement Science for Academics course. That clinic is now award winning, after being recognised in the national 2016 Best Practice Awards in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disorders.

IS4Ac is a team based training programme in improvement science for members MAHSC members.  The programme is delivered in nine days of face to face learning spread over 12 months and includes a blend of web-based learning, improvement coaching and site visits. Participants have access to international experts in the field of improvement and an opportunity to learn and share with like-minded colleagues.

Ben Parker

Dr Ben Parker

The VBC was one of five winning projects in the ‘Outstanding Best Practice’ category of the awards given by the British Society for Rheumatology.  This category was for mature programmes that have consistently demonstrated excellence in transforming the lives of patients. The VBC at the Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, started operating in August 2013 to provide more individualised care to patients receiving biologic drugs for their rheumatic disease. Find out more about the award win online.

Matt Cope, Associate Director, Science & Capability at Haelo said A huge congratulations to Dr Parker and the team for this award; it’s great to see your hard work, and achievements, recognised in this way”

You can find out more about the IS4 programme.

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