Nisha Dogra, an academic of Indian origin at the University of Leicester, has won a Leaders for Change award of the Health Foundation, a London-based charity organisation.
Dogra, a senior lecturer and honorary consultant at the university, is one of 12 healthcare professionals to receive this competitive award, which will help her make lasting improvements in the quality of health for people in her area.
During the 12-month scheme, Dogra will be working on her winning self-designed project on implementing assessment and outcome standards to improve the quality of child and adolescent mental health service (CAHMS) provision.
In addition, Dogra and her fellow award winners will work together on a structured learning programme in change management at the Lancaster University Management School, fully funded by the Health Foundation.
The project aims to improve the quality of clinical service provided by the Leicestershire Partnership Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS). Dogra aims to do this by having clear assessment and treatment standards and written outcomes of the assessment process.
Dogra said: "Within the National Health Scheme, there is an ever increasing pressure to use limited resources more efficiently and effectively. The challenge is to do this without reducing the quality of clinical care or the quality of patient experience.
"I believe the Leaders for Change award will help me to do this by providing strategies to try in the work context. It will give me the unique opportunity to apply the academic theory to the improvement project."
Jan Walmsley, assistant director of the Health Foundation, said: "This is the fifth year we have offered this innovative award programme and we are delighted to provide support to Nisha and the 11 other talented healthcare professionals who impressed us with their dedication and commitment to transforming the delivery of healthcare services in their respective fields.
"We are confident that Nisha and her fellow award winners will make a significant contribution to improving patient care in their local communities and help make the quality of healthcare in the UK the best it can be."