Liverpool consultants secure double-whammy at national awards

Dr Tina Dutt and Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, consultants at Liverpool University Hospitals, have both received national recognition for their contributions to patient safety and service improvements, after being presented with awards by the Royal College of Pathologists.

Dr Dutt and Prof Toh work together at The Roald Dahl Heamostasis and Thrombosis Centre at The Royal Liverpool Hospital, one of only a few centres in the country that research, diagnose and treat rare blood diseases, including haemophilia, haemoglobinopathies and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Dr Dutt was the worthy recipient of the Patient Safety Award, having championed for the voices of patients, their families and carers, empowering them to seek early diagnosis with support from national media outlets. Dr Dutt was also creator and director of a simulation-based training programme for visiting teams from NHS Trusts across the country, implementing best practice and human factors during medical emergencies.

Upon being announced as the winner, Dr Dutt, said: “I was not expecting this, but I am extremely grateful to the Royal College of Pathologists for their recognition of our organisations commitment to patient safety. I represent a fantastic team who share a dedication to listen to our patients and their families about what they need us to do when they are sick and scared. I would not have achieved this without their help.”

Prof Toh won the Significant Contribution to Speciality Award. Having been elected as President of the British Society for Haematology and Academic Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians London, the first BAME doctor to hold these positions, he has also shaped and led international translational research in sepsis to spin-out a company on point-of-care diagnostics for intensive care patients, and mentored trainees and peers into clinical research for patient benefit.

Prof Toh, said: “I am humbled and proud to receive this award. Nothing has changed since starting as a Consultant Haematologist at the Royal in 1995, I’m always trying to do my very best to improve care for patients with blood disorders. And to see Dr Dutt get the recognition she deserves for all her hard work and to share the celebrations with her is truly fantastic.”