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Northumbria’s leadership is best in the country

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015
Northumbria’s leadership is best in the country

The patient-focussed leadership at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised as the best in the country.

The trust won the Board Leadership award at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards for its transformational approach to improving quality and services for patients.

The panel of esteemed judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, praised Northumbria’s ‘forward thinking’ board and commended the way it is ‘very focused on the real impact that their decisions made on patients’.

The trust has this year transformed emergency care across Northumberland and North Tyneside with the opening of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and introduction of seven-day specialist consultant-led care, resulting in thousands of seriously ill or injured patients being assessed, diagnosed and treated much quicker than ever before following emergency admission to hospital.

The HSJ awards are the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

It was fitting that the trust won the award this year as chairman Brian Flood retires at the end of the year and with Jim Mackey’s secondment to lead NHS Improvement, a prestigious national role.

Brian Flood, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are delighted that, in the year that we introduced our biggest improvement for patients with the implementation of our new model of emergency care, the leadership of our board has been recognised nationally.

“As an organisation, our top priority is always our patients and we are committed to improving quality, and are passionate about listening to our patients and acting on our feedback so we can continually improve.

“We’re extremely proud of our 9,000-strong staff and the culture we have created that empowers everyone to suggest improvements and strive for excellence in their role.”

Alastair McLellan, editor of the HSJ, said: “The entries to this year’s HSJ Awards grew by 20% with the 23 categories receiving an average 70 entries each. There is not a similar healthcare awards the world over which is so fiercely contested.

“Now, more than ever, we must work harder to encourage, recognise and celebrate excellence in the NHS. The service has chosen the HSJ Awards as the vehicle for this mission. We are very proud of that and of all our shortlisted and winning entrants.”

Northumbria Healthcare also won the Board Leadership award at the North East NHS Leadership Recognition Awards topping off a successful two weeks for the trust with national accolades for the payroll and communications teams and a regional award for the finance team.

The finance team won large finance team of the year at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Northern Branch awards for its role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.

Northumbria Healthcare is financially one of the best-placed NHS trusts in the country and has a track record of strong financial management.  Last year the trust bought out the Private Finance Initiative which enabled Hexham General Hospital to be built, a deal which will save around £3million a year.

The payroll team won ‘Best Payroll Support Team’ at the Payroll World Awards recognising the effective role it plays in the organisation.  The department accurately pays and manages all aspects of pensions and expenses for Northumbria Healthcare’s staff across Northumberland and North Tyneside and 45,000 additional NHS employees across the country every month.

The communications team won two accolades at the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing awards for best internal communications for raising awareness of sepsis, and best use of innovation for its app which helps GPs to receive real-time information about services. The trust was highly-commended for best use of social media for its campaign to raise awareness of the A&E changes.