The winner of the 2017 NIHR Let’s Get Digital competition infographic category is ‘Living with sickle cell disease’ from NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North West London and The Picker Institute.

The infographic was created following a survey of patients with sickle cell disease and their families that revealed a greater awareness of the condition, and more information about coping with pain and treatment options, would improve their experiences. The resulting infographic is an easily shareable resource highlighting issues arising from the survey in a clear and digestible format.

Expert judge Robin Turton, Director at More Tea Design Ltd, said:

"The winning infographic has a really accessible quality – the sense of a scene being created invites the reader in, alluding to the idea that ‘people think nothing’s wrong’. It's colourful in design and well suited to the broad public audience it's intended for - congratulations to the team!"

The winning collaboration, NIHR CLAHRC North West London Picker and Sickle Cell Society, said:

"Picker, Sickle Cell Society and NIHR CLAHRC North West London are thrilled to have our Living With Sickle Cell Disease infographic recognized in the 2017 Let’s Get Digital Awards.  

"The infographic was created to help raise awareness of people’s experiences of living with the disease based on our 2015 research.  Despite it being the largest feedback drive of people living with Sickle Cell Disease conducted in the UK to date, we all feel strongly conducting research is not enough on its own. Ensuring that the right decision-makers in health care learn about the findings, that the 700 people who took part in the research know that we are acting on what they have told us, and that the 240,000 sickle cell carriers living in the UK right now know that talking about their lived-experiences matter, is extremely important.  

"Infographics such as this help to get these difficult conversations started. Thank you again to NIHR for hosting these awards, and to everyone who took the time to enter and vote.”

‘Living with sickle cell disease’ was one of four shortlisted entries, all of which were reviewed by an expert judging panel and subject to a public vote.