two young heart experts have been honoured in an annual awards scheme set up to carry on the work of a Leeds charity.
The Cardio-Respiratory Physiologists’ Awards saw medical staff from across Yorkshire present their work to an audience of top medics at the event, which was started as the legacy of the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal.
Katrina Gilbert, from Leeds General Infirmary, was the winner, scooping £500, a trophy, shield and certificate.
The awards were set up last year following the winding-down of the fundraising arm of the Heartbeat Appeal, which had raised more than £3m for cardiac equipment in Yorkshire hospitals.
Appeal founder Alec Bloom and LGI consultant cardiologist Dr Gordon Williams began the scheme as a way to recognise cardiac physiologists, highly-skilled clinicians who detect, assess and measure heart disorders.
Dr Williams said: “Physiologists have to have significant clinical and technical skills and it is to support their advancement in technical cardiology assessment that the Heartbeat Awards Scheme is designed to support and help them with their professional advancement.
“The award scheme, a legacy of the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal, has been strongly supported by senior staff at the hospitals involved, recognising that it is a very positive and creative step towards further education and therefore of clinical benefit to cardiology patients.”
A panel of judges named Ms Gilbert as the winner, and Olly Shriver from York NHS Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as runner-up, at an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Leeds which was sponsored by Wakefield and District Health and Community Support.