30 September 2021

Congratulations to the Forensic service staff and service users on City & Hackney's East India ward, based in the John Howard Centre, who won the BMJ Award for the Diversity & Inclusion category last night.

The combined work of staff and service users on the Clerkenwell, Ludgate and Broadgate wards also saw them receive a special commendation for their work to improve sexual safety in a forensic environment.

The prestigious annual BMJ Awards event is eagerly awaited by health professionals across the nation every year, with judges who are recognised leaders in their field.

Both teams used quality improvement methodology to create the projects.

This  BMJ Awards made film describes the project in further detail:


Cornelia Kundishora has been instrumental in leading the winning Recognising Racism project on East India ward and it is described in more detail here. 

Emma Furlong from the Forensic service describes the sexual safety project on Clerkenwell, Ludgate and Broadgate wards here, The team won a special commendation for the BMJ Quality Improvement Team award.

Dr. Amar Shah, the Trust's Chief Quality Officer said:

"The work both teams have done, with service users and staff together, using quality improvement to tackle really challenging topics is inspiring for us all. Both projects have made a demonstrable difference to the quality of life and experience for service users and staff. It reinforces for me the power of coming together around an issue that matters to us, developing ideas together and using a systematic method to test and measure the difference we are making.”  

Dr. Philip Baker, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Head of ELFT's Forensic Services said:

"We are incredibly proud of the staff who work in our Forensic Service.  

"Across the services they co-produce amazing projects with our service users and bravely take on challenges that it might feel easier to try to ignore.  This is especially true of work around sexual safety on Clerkenwell Ward and our winning team on East India ward for their work on racism, both of which have had led to lasting positive change. These successes are built on determination, perseverance and a culture of respect even when discussing the most challenging topics.  Really well done."