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Northumbria shortlisted for regional awards

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014
Northumbria shortlisted for regional awards
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is in the running for five regional awards which celebrate leaders at all levels.
The trust is shortlisted in the North East NHS Leadership Recognition Awards which recognises those who have improved people’s health and the public’s experience of the NHS.
Northumbria Healthcare is shortlisted for board of the year for its expert leadership of the trust’s 8,500 staff and continuously striving to improve the quality of care provided.
Senior pharmacist Wasim Baqir is in the running for the emerging leader award. Wasim led a project which enabled care home residents in North Tyneside to become more involved with decisions about their medication and tirelessly supports and inspires colleagues with their own quality improvement projects. 
The trust’s extensive patient experience programme – Your Voice – is nominated in the patient champion category. The programme is aimed at continually improving care by listening to the experiences of patients, while they are in hospital and after they return home, and acting on their feedback.
Julie Leddy has been nominated in the mentor/coach award for the mentoring support she gives to colleagues. Julie is a support planner in south east Northumberland working with people with longer-term support needs and their carers, providing information about the support services available in the community to enable them to take charge of their own support arrangements.
Patrick Price, equality and diversity lead at the trust, is a finalist in the leader of inclusivity of the year category which recognises his unfailing commitment to making the trust a more inclusive and diverse organisation for staff and patients. Patrick is general manager of specialist health services. 
Annie Laverty, the trust’s director of patient experience, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for awards in so many categories which represent the diverse work we carry out in our trust.
“At Northumbria Healthcare, we invest heavily in nurturing and developing our staff and encouraging them to be leaders in their field. We are proud of our culture where everyone is empowered to make improvements to patient care and strive for excellence in their role.
“These awards are testament to this approach and we would like to congratulate all of our nominees.”
The winners of the regional awards, which are announced on 26 November, will go through to the national awards in February 2015.