Local NHS Trust shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Award

14th Sep 2016

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH) has been shortlisted in the Workforce category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards in partnership with de Poel health + care, to be held on 23 November at Intercontinental O2, London.

Judges have praised the excellent work that the Trust has put in to deliver the ‘Live and Work’ project, a unique scheme that aims to provide Apprenticeship opportunities and supported living accommodation within the hospital to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Jim Pollitt, Associate Director of Education and Learning and Development at SWBH said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and we are all pleased to see that this scheme has been nationally recognised.

“The long term objective of this project is to share our work regionally and nationally. We want to promote partnership working with the aim of providing a cost effective sustainable model which can bring back disused buildings to address health inequalities, youth homelessness and unemployment in our local communities.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said:

“With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”

For 35 years the HSJ Awards, have recognised, celebrated, and promoted the finest achievements in NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders.  Over that time the HSJ Awards have grown to become the most sought after accolade in British healthcare – and very probably the largest awards programme of its type in the world. With 23 categories to choose from, the awards reflect the full spectrum of the NHS’s services and challenges.

Shortlisted entrants demonstrated outstanding practice and innovation that helped to improve patient care and enhance value and efficiency and have overcome fierce competition to be judged as among UK healthcare’s leading exponents.

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, including Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, CQC and Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair, NHS England.

The awards will be presented out at an inspirational ceremony on 23 November 2016 at Intercontinental O2, London. For more information on the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards go to https://awards.hsj.co.uk


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