The entry, entitled Champions for Achieving Better Health in Sheffield (CABS) was a 2009 campaign, designed to educate Asian taxi drivers in Sheffield to think more about their health and well-being.

The project grew out of a desire on the part of NHS Sheffield to act on some alarming statistics relating to health inequalities in BME groups, namely that South Asian men are 50% more likely to die prematurely of coronary heart disease and that the prevalence of stroke and Type 2 diabetes in this population is higher than average.

In response to this, Sheffield City GP Health Centre worked with partners to offer health checks and vascular screening to Taxi drivers in Sheffield.

To illustrate the impact: out of 80 taxi drivers who attended the health centre for cardiovascular screening, 35% were called back in for further checks, 13% of those received treatment as a result and of these, one driver was said to be âdangerously illâ. The screening sessions were very much appreciated by drivers who, despite some worries about their results, were keen to attend and extremely pleased with the service they received.

In total 217 drivers have been screened for high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and BMI in addition to being provided with healthy lifestyle advice. The success of this work has expanded to include other high risk groups.

Permjeet Dhoot, project lead at NHS Sheffield, said: âIt is wonderful news that all our hard work is being recognised at the prestigious HSJ Awards. This is all about innovation and partnership working. We have made a great difference to the lives of Sheffield taxi drivers and have helped them to make better decisions about their health. I am very proud that we have been shortlisted for the awards â" an accolade in itself!â

Hafeas Rehman, Chairman of the Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, echoed Permjeetâs comments: âThe CABS campaign was a great way to get South Asian taxi drivers in Sheffield to think more about their unhealthy ways and put them on the pathway to better health. I now believe that many taxi drivers have improved health and lifestyles and feel confident this will continue. The message will spread. Great thanks and appreciation go to One Medicare and NHS Sheffield for thisâ.

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, CEO of One Medicare, also commented: âOne Medicare is very proud to be shortlisted for an HSJ award particularly for partnership working, a core value of the organisation. We strive to build valuable and meaningful partnerships with all those whom the organisation interacts, not only PCTs but local GPs, members of the healthcare community and especially patients. This project has shown that by really engaging with the local community and involving them in the design and ownership of services, truly effective outcomes can be achieved. We look forward to continuing this work further with our other partners.â

As always the awards have seen a huge number of entries so we are delighted to have made it to the shortlist. Judging presentations took place in October, and this will be followed by the grand ceremony where the winner will be announced on Monday 29th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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