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More national awards on the horizon for CHFT

HSJ and Unsung Hero Awards finalists

Our teams are a little bit proud today as there are four chances to win in some great national awards later this year.

Our Outpatient Transformation Team has been shortlisted again in two categories for this year’s prestigious HSJ Awards recognising outstanding contributions to healthcare.

The categories are: Acute Sector Innovation of the Year and Digitalising Patient Services Initiative.

The programme started in 2018 and set out to radically change the way in which outpatient care is delivered by creating a service that fits with people’s busy and often complex lives. Now, working with system partners and our service users our Trust delivers around 40% of outpatient attendances through a remote or virtual option.

Assistant Director of Transformation and OPT Programme lead, Lisa Williams, said: “This is a fantastic achievement especially in such challenging times. We know the bar for entry was high this year given all the fabulous work that’s happened during the pandemic, so this is amazing recognition for the whole team and great example of a system working together. We’re absolutely thrilled!”

We also have two finalists in the Unsung Hero Awards which recognise the work that non-clinical staff contribute to the NHS.

Wellbeing Advisor, Jill Palmer, pictured, is shortlisted in the Mental Wellness Champion category.

Jill said: “I’m stunned! It’s great to see a new mental wellbeing category. CHFT launched its Friendly Ear support service, mini-mindfulness courses and a new mental health community to help colleagues stay well during the pandemic. Hundreds of colleagues have benefited from these developments and encouraged others to give them a try. Any success has really been a Team CHFT achievement.”

And THIS Service Delivery Manager, Margo Smith is in the IT & Digital category. She said: “I’m surprised and humbled to be nominated. It’s been a tough 18 months for all the NHS. A huge thanks to my team for their hard work and continued support”.