Clinical Excellent Awards 2017   BACD & RCPCH Paul Polani Research Award 2017

BACD is one of the recognised ACCEA national nominating bodies and is permitted to nominate a limited number of bronze, silver and gold applicants. The 2017 ACCEA round opened on Tuesday 28 February and closes on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

To apply for BACD support for a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, you must submit the following forms directly to

In addition you may also submit one (bronze), two (silver), or all (gold) of the following supplementary forms:

The deadline for applying for BACD support and submitting all documentation is Tuesday 4 April 2017.

BACD members should be aware that it their responsibility and not the BACD's to ensure they also complete and submit the required forms via the ACCEA website by 25 April.


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and BACD, through the Paul Polani Fund, supports research and innovation in the field of Paediatric Neurodisability in the UK.

Research to build a robust evidence-base is essential to provide optimal service to maintain and strengthen resources for Children and Young People with Disabilities and their families.

Up to £7,500 is available each year through the Paul Polani Research Award to enable teams to pilot, undertake, or complete research projects based in paediatric neurodisability. BACD is a National Institute for Health Research non-commercial Partner and Polani projects that recruit through the NHS might be eligible for NIHR Portfolio project status.

Past award winners are:

2017 Award No award was presented.

2016 Award How Much Does it Cost the NHS to Assess a Child for Possible Autism? Dr Ian Male and Dr William Farr, Sussex Community NHS Trust/Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Miss Emma Gowling and Dr Stephen Bremner, Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Prof Heather Gage, University of Surrey; and Mr Aaron Gain, W Sussex Public Health and Health and Social Care Commissioning

2015 Award The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System for cerebral palsy: a study of stability and associations with growth over time Dr Diane Sellers, Dr Liz Bryant, Mrs Alison Hunter, Dr Vivienne Campbell and Mrs Sam Weddell (Chailey Heritage Clinical Services). The findings of the study will be presented at the 2017 BACD Annual Conference.

2014 Award No award was presented.

2013 Award Identification of behavioural risk markers for Challenging Behaviour in very young children with intellectual disabilities. Dr Dawn Adams, Prof. Chris Oliver, and Louise Handley (University of Birmingham), and Associate Prof. Doug Simkiss (University of Warwick). The findings of the study were presented at the 2015 BACD Annual Conference.

2012 Award The use of taping to improve thumb and wrist posture and hand use in infants with non-progressive brain lesions affecting hand function. Dr Anna Basu and Dr Jill Kisler from the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle. The findings of the study were presented at the 2013 BACD Annual Conference.

2011 Award Creation and validation of a tool for identifying children with functional visual impairments in children with hemiplegia. Dr Melissa Gladstone and colleagues at Alder Hey NHS Chidlren's Foundation Trust. The findings of the study were presented at the 2013 BACD Annual Conference.

2010 Award Sleep in Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy- Objective Measurement of the Impact of Botulinum Toxin Hip Injections: Dr Charlie Fairhurst, Suzie Turner, Jane Orgill, Claire Lundy, Mat Blackshaw and Dr Paul Gringras (Evelina Children's Hospital, Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust). The findings of the study were presented at the 2012 BACD Annual Conference.

2009 Award Respiratory function in children with severe motor disorders using night-time postural equipment. Dr Cathy Hill, Dr Kathryn Padoa, Penny Allen, Pam Shults and Dr Romola Bucks (University of Southampton, Southampton City PCT & University of Western Australia). The findings of the study were presented at the 2011 BACD Annual Conference.

2008 Award Measuring the efficacy of computer communication intervention for children with cerebral palsy: Dr Jeremy Parr and Katie Price (Wolfson Neurodisability Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London). The findings of the study were presented at the 2010 BACD Annual Conference.

2007 Award In the inaugural year of the Award, two studies were selected and the findings were presented at the 2009 BACD Annual Conference:

  • Establishing the Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire, a measure of participation: H McConachie, EC Jessen and RJ Forsyth (Newcastle University & Northumberland Care Trust).
  • Predicting the development of intelligible speech by children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study: Dr Lindsay Pennington, Dr Mark Pearce, Prof Allan Colver & Dr Mary Gibson (Newcastle University & Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust).

BACD - Castang Foundation Funding Award 2017

BACD and The Castang Foundation support UK research that includes children with neurodisability and their families, and are working together to invite research applications to improve the evidence around what treatments and interventions are effective, or not effective for children and families.

The aim of the award will be to gather pilot and feasibility data that leads to an application for a large definitive National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, or Charity funded study into treatments or interventions for children with any type of neurodisability.

A key impact of the research will be that the research has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of children with neurodisability and their families within 3-5 years of the definitive application.

Up to £60,000 funding is available for UK research projects lasting 12-18 months.

Past award winners are:

2017 Award Promoting social participation to prevent mental health problems in children and young people with neurodisability: an interventions development study Dr Rob Brooks, Dr Niina Kolehmainen, Dr Lindsay Pennington, and Dr Laura Coulthard.

2016 Award The Identification of young children at the highest Risk for developing Severe Challenging behaviour (i-RiSC): Proof of principle and appraisal of feasibility. Professor Chris Oliver and team at Birmingham University for the study




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