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Achievement in health innovation

07 December 2011

Professor Judith Hall WebProfessor Judith Hall, with the First Minister of Wales, the RT Hon Carwyn Jones AM and the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths AM.

University scientists have been recognised for innovation in health and social care with awards presented by the First Minister of Wales.

The First Minister, the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, made the presentations at the Recognising Achievement for Service to Wales reception at the Swalec stadium in Cardiff. He was joined by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths AM.

The awards are for people who have:

· Demonstrated innovation in joint integrated health and social care that is delivering lasting results

· Brought distinction to Wales on the local, national or international stage

· Given exceptional service, or made an exceptional achievement that has earned the respect of their peers and role models

Award-winners included

Professor_Robert_Mansel_CBE WebProfessor Robert Mansel

Professor Robert Mansel. Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery Anaesthetics and Gynaecology, Professor Mansel has made a number of advances in breast cancer surgery. In particular, he developed the widely-adopted technique of sentinel node, which has removed the need for painful armpit surgery for many breast cancer sufferers. Professor Mansel has also been involved in the training of cancer researchers from Capital Medical University, China, which recently won the Times Higher Award for international collaboration of the year, and in a recently-agreed partnership to train surgeons at Chongqing University, also in China.

Professor Judith Hall WebProfessor Judith Hall

Professor Judith Hall. Head of Section of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Professor Hall’s research interests take in immunity, the mechanics of sedation and the prediction of blood loss. She runs the Cardiff University Simulation Centre, with state-of-the art training equipment for students and also founded Mothers for Africa, an educational charity set up to improve maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Keith Harding WebProfessor Keith Harding

Professor Keith Harding. Professor Harding is the First Director of Cardiff’s wound healing research unit helping people with chronic wounds and pressure sores. Along with Professor Wen Jiang, he recently developed a simple but effective test to predict whether chronic wounds will respond to conventional treatment - which could save the NHS tens of millions of pounds annually.

Meena_Upadhyaya WebProfessor Meena Upadhyaya

Professor Meena Upadhyaya. Professor Upadhyaya, of the Institute of Medical Genetics, is internationally recognised in the field of medical genetics and has improved the quality of life for patients with life-threatening inherited conditions. She also devotes time to coaching children from local Asian communities to enter university. She was a finalist in last year’s UK Asian Women of Achievement Award and has now created the first Welsh Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Dame Deirdre Hine. A Cardiff alumna and Honorary Fellow, Dame Deirdre established the Welsh Breast Cancer Screening Service, Breast Test Wales. She then became the Chief Medical Officer at the Welsh Office from 1990 to 1997.

The First Minister said: "Wales is a small country but we are now recognised both nationally and internationally in our own right and there is an increasing pride in being Welsh and desire for Wales to recognise and celebrate the good things that happen here.

"The Welsh Government has established this scheme to do just that. The individuals who I have presented these awards to make me proud of Wales and the recognition they receive is richly deserved."

Professor Mansel said: "It is a tremendous honour to have my work, and that of my colleagues, recognised in this way. The techniques we have developed at Cardiff have been rolled out nationwide and are now helping breast cancer sufferers across the UK. They have attracted international attention, most recently in Chongqing, China, where we are in partnership to teach our surgical procedures. We are also exploring projects to bring in new technology into Wales following on from the First Minister’s recent successful visit to Chongquing It's rewarding to know that research conducted here in Wales is helping to relieve pain around the world."

Professor Upadhyaya said: "I am delighted to receive this award for my contributions to Medical Genetics. I have always felt that immense encouragement and honour comes when your efforts are publically recognised. I am grateful to the members of Medical Genetics (past and present) for their continued support and this award really belongs to my research group for their hard work."

Professor Hall said: "It really was a complete surprise to be selected for this award, and I must say I feel very honoured. I felt that other winners had made really great contributions in all walks of healthcare, and there were some tremendous people there. My award was for patient safety - something which must be at the heart of our practice. It was a wonderful ceremony, and I am grateful to Welsh Government."

Professor Harding said: "Receiving this award is important recognition for the University, Wales and most importantly for the whole team in the wound healing group. We have been able to investigate a common and neglected aspect of practice in an academic environment that has produced innovations in NHS practice that have led to significant benefits for many patients."