One Call One Team members win at the KSS Leadership Awards

Double triumph at NHS leadership awards

Tuesday December 2, 2014

Success in helping more people in West Sussex receive better urgent care in their own home has been recognised with a prestigious NHS prize.

The One Call One Team service, which is led by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and delivered in partnership with other local health organisations, picked up the prize for Outstanding Collaborative Leadership at the Kent Surrey and Sussex (KSS) NHS Leadership Awards on Thursday 27 November.

The trust’s Board of Directors was also named the KSS NHS Governing Body of the Year, with Chairman Mike Viggers collecting the award on behalf of the organisation’s 6,500 staff.

Jane Farrell and Mike Viggers pick up the trust's KSS Leadership Award
Chief Operating Officer Jane Farrell and Chairman Mike Viggers pick up the Trust Board’s award as Governing Body of the Year

He said: “This award is a reflection of the commitment of our staff and all their hard work over the past five years, which has made possible so many of our great achievements in delivering better patient care.

“This is the most value-driven organisation I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I truly believe that patients are first and foremost in everything we do and all our staff should be very proud.”

Sara Weech, One Call One Team Programme Director, said winning the KSS NHS Award for Outstanding Collaborative Leadership was a real tribute to everyone involved in One Call One Team.

She said: “This award goes to show that when you have a shared vision and all get behind it, you can really make a difference to patients and the care they receive.”

Dr Sarah Pledger, Clinical Lead for Unscheduled Care at NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “We know that if possible, many people would prefer to receive care and support in the comfort of their own homes, rather than go into hospital.

“We are very proud of One Call One Team, which has enabled this to happen for hundreds of people in West Sussex.”

In total, Western Sussex Hospitals staff were short-listed for five awards at the ceremony, which took place at The River Centre, Tonbridge, Kent.

One Call One Team and the Board of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust now go through to the NHS National Leadership Awards taking place in March 2015.

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