Servier Laboratories has announced the winners of the 2007 Servier Prescribing and Medicines Management Award, which recognises initiatives developed by healthcare professionals in the therapeutic areas of osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, diabetes and mental health.

Charles Morecroft of Liverpool John Moores University has won the 2007 Practice Research Award for his proposal to investigate the range and suitability of educational information for children with diabetes, and received a grant of £15,000 to help finance the project’s implementation.

In addition, Best Practice Award grants of £2,500 were presented to: Jane Riley from Leeds Mental Health Trust for the ‘Specialist Mental Health Pharmacists Secondment to Primary Care’ project, set up to improve the interface between GPs, primary care trusts and mental health trusts and ultimately patient safety; and Alia Gilani, from Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS Trust, for a community-based medication review service targeting South Asians with long-term conditions.

This year’s winners of the award - developed in conjunction with leading healthcare organisations such as the College of Pharmacy Practice, National Pharmaceutical Association, and Faculty of Prescribing and Medicines Management, amongst others -were announced at the British Pharmaceutical Conference last week.

Speaking at the awards, Alasdair MacCulloch, NHS Projects Manager of Servier Laboratories, said that: “Servier recognises the continued success of these awards in promoting research and best practice in the UK, and is proud to work in partnership with the other healthcare organisations involved by sponsoring the medicines management awards.”