The annual British Healthcare Awards were presented on Thursday 11th December by BBC Breakfast’s Bill Turnbull at the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) dinner at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in the City of London.

The awards were given in recognition of companies, products and individuals who are supporting people to live more independently.

Westmeria Healthcare were awarded the prize for Best Creative Solution for our asset management application, The Westmeria Customer Portal. The application is designed to reduce the inherent inefficiencies within an asset management service by allowing equipment orders to be made by the bedside, provide a transparent view into the day to day operation of the service, supply management data to inform strategic decisions, deliver conformity to the GS1 standard coding for success and most importantly to maximise the level of care being provided to patients.

The BHTA judging panel said that by getting equipment to patients in a timely fashion, the portal was “easing pressure on other NHS resources”.


The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is one of the UK`s oldest and largest healthcare associations (founded in 1917).   Its membership – of almost 500 companies employing over 17,000 people – comprises both large and small businesses across the many non-pharmaceutical and assistive technology sectors of the healthcare industry, manufacturing, supplying and serving those with special physical needs and specialist healthcare areas, too.

The products they make and supply are as varied as wheelchairs and scooters, stair lifts, seating and positioning products, patient support surfaces, electronic communication devices, rehabilitation products, stoma and continence products, first aid equipment, aids and services for children and for visually impaired people, and even prosthetics and orthotics.

The BHTA represents large and small companies, organised in one or more of 13 sections covering most sectors of the industry. This unique sectional structure provides a platform for all companies to have an effective voice within BHTA and, through the Association, to influence the development of healthcare policies in the UK.