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Northumbria shortlisted for multiple national healthcare awards

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Northumbria shortlisted for multiple national healthcare awards

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in four categories in the prestigious national Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards to be held later this year.

After a record number of entries, Northumbria Healthcare – one of the country’s largest and top performing NHS foundation trusts serving a population of 500,000 people across Northumberland and North Tyneside – is up against the very best of the NHS in the following four categories:

Board leadership award – with open lines of communication from the frontline to the very top of the organisation, board members at Northumbria Healthcare regularly visit hospital wards and community sites, inviting both patients and staff to share their experiences.  The board has created a set of values and a transparent culture which firmly put patients first and permeates the Trust’s 9000 strong workforce.

Provider trust of the year award – as one of England’s top performing NHS foundation trusts and up against several specialist providers in London, Northumbria Healthcare has been recognised for its commitment to continuous improvement and for the strong engagement which exists between its clinicians and managers to provide the very best care for patients.

Primary care and community service redesign award – working closely with commissioners, Northumbria Healthcare has developed a longstanding and unique relationship with Northumberland County Council.  For the past ten years the Trust has been working closely to integrate health and social care to provide truly joined up and seamless services for patients across the county.

Secondary care service redesign award – since 2010, Northumbria has been recognised for its high quality, speedy care of patients suffering broken hips with North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals the top two nationally.  Working with patients and families, the Trust has developed a pathway of person-centered care resulting in some of the very best outcomes in England.
Over the coming weeks, Northumbria Healthcare will complete presentations and interviews with judging panels made up of 85 senior and influential figures from the health sector, prior to the award announcements in November.

Chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Jim Mackey said: “To be shortlisted in so many categories and with some of the very best NHS organisations across the whole country is really quite special and all of our staff should be rightfully very proud of the compassionate and high quality care they are delivering day in, day out for our patients.

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standards of care and on listening to our patients and staff so that we can continuously improve quality and develop our services so that they exceed the expectations of all who use them.  We are of course very proud to recognised on such a high profile shortlist and as a national leader in innovation and best practice.”

The HSJ Awards are the most prestigious and coveted awards in UK health, bringing together the best in the NHS and championing best practice and innovation across the health sector.