Northamptonshire Healthcare received three accolades at the prestigious HSJ awards, taking place on Wednesday 17 March, which saw organisations across the country come together via their screens to celebrate healthcare excellence in the UK.
The annual awards ceremony, which this year is celebrating its 40th year, shares best practice from across the national healthcare system. TeamNHFT was shortlisted for three award categories in November, Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year; NHS Communications Initiative of the Year and System led support for carers award, in partnership with Northamptonshire Carers.
We are delighted to announce that NHFT was highly commended in all three categories, and is today celebrating this trio of accolades.
In the same evening, Angela Hillery, Chief Executive of NHFT and buddy trust Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, was announced as being one of the HSJ’s top 50 CEO’s – recognising and celebrating healthcare leaders across the UK.
Angela, said: “I am incredibly proud of everything TeamNHFT achieved not only last night, but over the last year. To have received three top accolades last night at the prestigious national HSJ awards is a true testament to the outstanding care all of our colleagues deliver every day. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists who we celebrated at this year’s HSJ awards – it has been an extraordinary year and it is fantastic to commemorate the achievements from across healthcare in the UK.”
Crishni Waring, Chair of NHFT, added: “I am delighted that NHFT received ‘highly commended’ in all three categories which we were shortlisted for at this year’s HSJ awards, recognising the hard work and dedication of colleagues across the Trust.
“Angela is a dedicated and inspirational healthcare leader, and it is fantastic that she has been recognised at a national level for her commitment to delivering outstanding and compassionate care. Many congratulations to all of the winners and those shortlisted at this year’s awards.”
TeamNHFT is delighted to have received highly commended in the three categories we were shortlisted in, you can find out more about each award category and initiative below:
Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year: Key to Keeping Everyone Safe
Freedom to speak up is central to NHFT’s vision and culture of delivering outstanding, compassionate care. We have worked hard to create psychological safety for all of our people to ensure they know how to speak up and feel safe to do so, knowing it will be valued. Through the work of our network of 33 champions, we have focused on being proactive in triangulating data and learning and ensuring we share with others at a local, regional and national level.
NHS Communications Initiative of the Year: Moving the focus from reactive to proactive; Communications and engagement COVID-19 phase 2 strategy
During the early stages of COVID-19, NHS communications was in a crisis environment, meaning that much of our communication with our staff was reactive, functional, but did was not always reflective of the values and culture of NHFT. Our COVID phase 2 Communications and engagement strategy included initiatives focussed on creating a virtual online community for staff, wellbeing and learning and development, as well as embedding mechanisms for feedback, leadership visibility and temperature-checking. This communications-led but multi-disciplinary Trust-wide approach addressed culture and two-way communications to successfully re-establish the NHFT values and identity and lay the foundations for recovery and reset.
System led support for carers award: Working Carers Network - Working Together To Support Working Carers
Both NHFT and our system partners recognise the wellbeing of working carers as a high priority. Our Working Carers staff network has worked closely with Northamptonshire Carers to ensure that valuable skills are not lost by supporting carers to stay in work and prioritise their wellbeing. This system approach has included innovations such as a Working Carers passport, as well as the creation of a standards framework that employers can be accredited against, which includes Workplace Wellbeing Standards for Working Carers which has been distinctly addressed in this framework. It goes further than many other health and care systems in the country and is a clear demonstration of the system’s commitment to this valuable group.