Winner: Tameside and Glossop PCT, community-based service for patients suffering from lymphoedema
I felt this was a really ground-breaking project. It's a service that is not routinely provided by the NHS but it will have a major impact on patients' lives. By getting specialist nurses and key workers out to patients, they can tackle very severe complications and pain, but they can also provide essential self-management advice. The service also helps cut back on long and painful journeys to hospital, ensuring patients receive a much more humane form of treatment.
This is exactly the kind of project which we want to see develop in the NHS over the next few years, where care is brought much closer to home. The fact that it takes patients who are referred from both primary and secondary services is also impressive.
Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health