Western Sussex Hospitals shortlisted for prestigious HSJ awards

Friday September 16, 2016


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The new Emergency Floor model of care at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester has been shortlisted for an Acute Medicine Innovation award by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

For 35 years the HSJ Awards have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the 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.

“To be shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ award is fantastic news and testament to the commitment of everyone in the Emergency Floor teams who have worked so hard in delivering this project, which has really enhanced the quality of care we provide to our patients here at Western Sussex.”

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is shortlisted in two categories, with its CEO, Marianne Griffiths, also in contention for the prestigious Chief Executive of the Year accolade.

Marianne was nominated by the trust’s Chairman, Mike Viggers, who praised her inspirational leadership which helped Western Sussex Hospitals become one of only five acute hospital trusts in the country to be awarded the Care Quality Commission’s highest rating of Outstanding earlier this year.

He said: “At this time of unprecedented NHS demand and scrutiny, Marianne has inspired and led staff to consistently deliver improvements on safety, quality and financial performance.

“Inherently, large hospitals carry risk and issues arise. By demonstrating openness and transparency she has helped deliver attitudes and behaviours which are centred around learning and improvement.”

The Emergency Floor at Worthing Hospital is one of only four Royal College of Physicians Future Hospital development sites in the country and is showcased as an example other hospitals could follow to improve delivery of emergency care for an ageing and changing population with more complex health needs.

Clinical Director, Dr Roger Duckitt, said: “To be shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ award is fantastic news and testament to the commitment of everyone in the Emergency Floor teams who have worked so hard in delivering this project, which has really enhanced the quality of care we provide to our patients here at Western Sussex.”

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.

Western Sussex Hospitals will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.

These include: Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive, Salford Royal Foundation Trust; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, CQC; Jonathan Fielden, Director of Specialised Commissioning, NHS England; Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair, NHS England; and Ian Dodge, National Director of Commissioning Strategy, NHS England.

The awards, held in partnership with de Poel health + care, will be presented at a ceremony on 23 November at Intercontinental O2, London.

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.”

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