Telford and Wrekin CCG and Council shortlisted for two national awards for joint working

Telford and Wrekin CCG and Telford and Wrekin Council have been shortlisted for a pair of awards at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards to be held on November 18 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. 

The CCG and Council were shortlisted for their work together in the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government category on Building the Bridge while walking on it – developing Transformation at Pace, a project which looked at common ground between the two bodies - improving patient care and making the most of their combined financial resources. 

The two organisations sought to achieve this by working together to deliver transformation at pace within the economy, agreeing over-arching goals; then developing, testing and learn from innovations across health, social care and the voluntary sector to drive improved outcomes and cultural change. 

The CCG was also shortlisted, again alongside Telford and Wrekin Council, in the Commissioning for Carers category for Making Connections for Family Carers in Telford and Wrekin.

Dr Michael Innes Clinical Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: "We're already seeing massive changes in the way that transformation is approached in Telford, with collaboration motivating the bodies involved to innovate and work together across organisational boundaries, and ultimately delivering change at pace that will improve the lives of the people of Telford and Wrekin in innovative and creative ways, and deliver financial efficiencies at the same time."

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

The awards were created in 1981 to recognise, on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

This year, over 600 unique organisations submitted over 1600 entries. The shortlisted organisations, will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:

• Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation 
• Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England
• Ursula Ward, CEO, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
• David Haslam, Chair, NICE
• Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Support
• Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
• Gill Morgan, Chair, Foundation Trust Network

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: "The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply.

"The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care."