A clinical scientist who leads a programme to improve medical devices has been named Healthcare Scientist of the Year.

Professor Wendy Tindale combines her work as clinical director of the Devices for Dignity programme with her role as scientific director of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. Devices for Dignity accelerates the development of products that improve quality of life for people with long term conditions.

Previously named one of HSJ’s Inspirational Women, Professor Tindale’s latest accolade was the main prize at the 2016 Chief Scientific Officer’s Awards on Monday night. The awards – supported this year by HSJ – celebrate the role healthcare scientists play in meeting the NHS’s quality, safety and efficiency priorities.

Other winners included Sharon Bamber of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, who leads a service which makes it possible for patients to receive intravenous antibiotics at home; and Nottingham University Hospitals Trust for efforts to champion healthcare science.

Also honoured were Elaine Cloutman-Green, who has worked to boost young people’s interest in science careers, and Malcolm Robinson, who devised a scheme to help seriously ill children understand how healthcare science contributes to their care.

Profiles of all the winners will feature on hsj.co.uk this month.