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Isle of Wight NHS Trust shortlisted for three HSJ Awards

Isle of Wight NHS Trust shortlisted for three HSJ Awards
11 August 2022

We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s Health Service Journal Awards (HSJ):

  • Primary and Community Care Provider of the Year
  • Provider Collaboration of the Year - Hampshire and Isle of Wight People and OD Collaborative
  • HSJ Partnership Award - Clinically assessing and mitigating risk for outpatient backlogs - proactive Covid recovery initiatives

Our Community Service, nominated in the ‘Primary and Community Care Provider of the Year’ category, plays a vital role in supporting people with complex health and care needs to live independently in their own homes.

Over the last 4 years, they have improved community services, improved staff wellbeing and support and implemented a range of integrated services, delivered in partnership with colleagues, third sector and partner organisations, to improve services for people living in our local communities.

One example is our prehabilitation service, which is delivered face-to-face in people’s own homes and helps to avoid preventable delays to accessing surgery by assessing patients and optimising their health and wellbeing prior to a pre-assessment appointment.

The steps taken over the last four years to improve our patient experiences and outcomes have recently been highlighted in the Trust’s CQC 2021 inspection, with the community division rated 'good' overall and outstanding for 'caring'.

In addition, our Community Service’s most recent NHS Staff Survey 2021 results reflect the significant strides made to improve staff support and engagement, with this service setting the bar nationally with 2 out of 9 themes, including ‘always learning’ and staff ‘morale’.

Director of Operations Community Services, Nicola Longson said:

“We are so proud to have been nominated in this category, which recognises our efforts to make significant improvements for our staff and people who use our community services on the Island.

“We will continue to work with colleagues, partners and the people who use our services and their loved ones to collaboratively build sustainable services that make a real difference to those who need it most.”  

We have also been shortlisted alongside our partners in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight People and OD Collaborative that has helped recruit over 1,100 new staff into the area to support health care across local communities.

Director of People and Organisational Development, Julie Pennycook said:

“I am delighted to see the work of our partnership recognised. By working together, we have led on a number of programmes including delivering a comprehensive Health and Wellbeing programme, the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, skill sharing throughout the pandemic and development of a housing hub to support staff to find affordable accommodation.”

Our third nomination in the HSJ Partnership category recognises our work with Medefer who were commissioned in July 202 to help deliver its virtual outpatient services as part of a proactive Covid-19 recovery programme  

Chief Operating Officer, Joe Smyth said:  

“We are delighted that this important partnership with Medefer has been recognised in this way.

“The introduction of a virtual patient pathway across urology, gastroenterology and gynaecology significantly helped to reduce outpatient backlogs during the height of the pandemic. This transformative approach has meant that thousands of Isle of Wight patients have had their clinical care far sooner than would otherwise have been possible.

“Working with Medefer has meant that during what has been a challenging time, we have been able to restore outpatient care to pre-pandemic levels and see similar numbers of patients as previously.

“This nomination is recognition of the award-winning partnership with Medefer and that this work is indeed considered best practice, and everyone involved should be proud of this achievement.”

A staggering 1067 entries have been received for the HSJ Awards 2022, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist (from across 162 organisations). The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications is once again reflecting the breadth of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.

Now in its 42nd year, the HSJ Awards continue to provide an opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that individuals and teams across the sector deliver on a daily basis.

Of the 25 categories, three are new for 2022, representing some of the recent challenges and triumphs within the NHS. These comprise new awards for Covid Vaccination Programme, Reducing Healthcare Inequalities and Performance Recovery Award.

Interim Chief Executive, Dr Nikki Turner said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for our staff and partners, and I am proud that their hard work to improve our services for our Island community has been recognised.”

The awards ceremony will take place in London on Thursday 17 November 2022.The full list of nominees for the 2022 HSJ awards can be found on the HSJ website

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