Award win for student films on deep vein thrombosis

A series of student films about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) have won a national award.

Winning at the houses of parliament

Toby Meredith (left) with the NHS team

Students created two videos and two animations highlighting best practice around preventing and living with DVT. The won first prize at the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards, which recognise innovation, excellence and outstanding practice in the delivery of anticoagulation. Toby Meredith, Media Production Manager in the School of Creative Technologies, who directed the students, attended the awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

The project was commissioned by a consultant surgeon from the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth, Simon Toh. He wanted a campaign to improve patient awareness about DVT prevention prior to surgery and approached the Media Production Centre who suggested animation and live video. The suite of material has been used by staff across the NHS and via the thrombosis network to inform and educate patients on several issues, including the signs and symptoms of DVT.

Mr Toh was delighted with the results and presented the project at the 2017 Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust Research and Innovation Conference. In September it was presented at the national NHS FAB for Change Conference that recognises fabulous projects in the NHS. The project was exceptionally well-received with praise for the light hearted approach to passing on patient advice and the unique way of achieving it.

The students were studying on various courses: BSc Animation, BA Film Production, BSc Television and Broadcast, MSc Film Production, BA Drama and Performance and BA Graphic Design.

Toby said he was thrilled that the project won: “As well as being a great accolade for the students’ work, we hope that it can really make a difference to patient wellbeing. As producer of the projects I was extremely impressed with the work that was produced and the level of professionalism by all the students. I’m also grateful to the academics who were involved along the way.”

Toby will present the work of students from the schools of Creative Technologies and Art and Design when directors from the NHS visit later this month.

The videos and animations can be seen at the following links.

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