PHA UK co-founder shortlisted for national award

Posted on June 28th 2021

PHA UK co-founder and chair Dr Iain Armstrong has been named as a finalist in the ‘Innovations in your Specialty’ category of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nursing Awards.

Iain, who also works as a nurse consultant at the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, has been recognised for his work in creating EmPHasis-10 – a clinical tool that measures quality of life for people with the rare disease pulmonary hypertension.

Designed as a simple questionnaire 11 years ago, it is now used around the world to help doctors and nurses understand how patients affected by this condition are responding to treatment. The tool addresses healthcare in a more holistic way by asking questions about mental wellbeing and general health, as well as about specific symptoms of the disease.

Iain will deliver a presentation about EmPHasis-10 to a specialist judging panel in July and the winner will be announced later next month.

He said: “It was a wonderful surprise to have been nominated for this award and to be named as a finalist is the icing on the cake. I am passionate about ensuring quality of life is prioritised for people with pulmonary hypertension – especially given the severity of symptoms that are experienced by those with this condition.”

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