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Springer Healthcare IME wins 2022 Communique Award for Excellence in Professional Education

Posted by Elsbeth Headley

Last Thursday (7th July), the IME team put on their black tie outfits to attend the 2022 Communique Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

We had two programmes shortlisted as finalists that evening, and we were absolutely delighted when one of our entries (our rare disease “FOP: Recognition, Treatment and Hope” program) won the category entitled Excellence in Professional Education Programmes. We beat off strong competition from large agencies such as Langland, Havas and Lucid, in one of the most hotly contested categories that evening (it had the highest numbers of finalists of any category).

The judges’ commented that:

The fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive (FOP): Recognition, Treatment and Hope programme impressed the judges with their thorough, multidisciplinary and multichannel approach driven by a clear, insight-driven strategy. They achieved remarkable results and truly global engagement that achieved their aim to raise awareness of such a rare and devastating disease. A worthy winner.”

This is a program that has really captured the hearts of everyone in the IME team, especially after getting to meet some quite remarkable patients living with this debilitating disease. The impact has also crossed into our personal lives with many of us now feeling a real connection to this rare disease (in fact Rebecca Cox, the Principal Medical Writer for this program, is currently hard in training to run the UK’s Great North Run in support of FOP Friends, a charity campaigning to raise awareness of this rare genetic condition – you can sponsor her here).

The celebrity host for the evening – Stephen Mangan – urged everyone to “enjoy their win in style” as you never know when (or if) the next success will come around. And so we did – we headed to the dancefloor and celebrated a truly remarkable evening.

Congratulations to all of the IME team involved in delivering this program, and everyone who supported us from the wider Digital and Global Marketing teams – it was absolutely a team effort!

The FOP program is made possible thanks to an independent educational grant from Ipsen.