29 June 2021

Trust Services are in the running for three highly prestigious awards over the summer.

Judges for the Capsticks Award for Innovation category in the Healthcare People Management Association Awards have recognised the work done by the Trust's People & Culture team to support staff who are parents through a free programme of online tutoring delivered during the second lockdown.

All online sessions were delivered by qualified teachers and covered a range of subjects including English and Maths.

It ran from January until March, and over 100 staff made use of the programme.

Equalities Team Project Lead Anita Hynes said:

'I am delighted that our work has been recognised and we are through as finalists for the HPMA Awards.

"It is great to work for a Trust that invests in its staff, which is especially important at this time considering the unprecedented challenge so many colleagues were faced with during the pandemic and lockdowns. This initiative put family wellbeing first."

Elsewhere, City & Hackney Mental Health and the Forensics Services have both been shortlisted at the 2021 HSJ (Health Services Journal) Patient Safety Awardsfor their quality improvement work.

Shortlisted for the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Award, City & Hackney pioneered Covid secure bundles to identify risks on wards and help staff feel safer. This work was in response to concerns about personal safety regarding COVID-19 within inpatient mental health wards. This work allowed staff to air concerns in a psychologically safe place and start new processes to improve safety. As a result, staff reported that they felt much safer and more secure, reducing anxiety for them and their families. 

The Forensics Service has been shortlisted for the Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year Award, for their improvement project focusing on staff and inpatient sexual safety. Through this, they developed a deep understanding of sexual safety incidents and developed a tiered system of targeted support for those who are affected. One ward experienced a 92% reduction in weekly sexual safety incidents. 

Tony Kasambira, Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director of Safety and Security in the Forensics Service said, “This is excellent news, well done to the team and thank you to the QI team for your support. We will eagerly wait in anticipation.”  

Lucy Goodey, Garner Ward Manager in City & Hackney, said, “What wonderful news, it is lovely for the team to be acknowledged for their efforts especially after the challenges of the past year. We are so grateful for how the project has been received. We look forward to hearing the outcome.”

For more details on the Patient Safety Award nominations visit the QI website here.

Full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Awards. 

Full list of finalists for the HMPA Awards 2021

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards takes place as part of the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Manchester in September 2021. 

The HPMA Awards ceremony winners will be announced virtually on 7 October 2021.