18 March 2021

The Trust’s People & Culture team are thrilled to have taken away the prestigious and highly coveted HSJ Award for Workplace Race Equality at the HSJ award ceremony held on 17 March. 

The HSJ Awards are the highpoint of the NHS and health services calendar - winners are recognised for their outstanding work in sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes, and innovating drivers of better services. 

Up against a strong field of seven other NHS and health care providers who also made it to the final, the Trust team won the judges over with all the work they have done to make their entry ‘ Compassion and equality in employee relations’ stand out from the crowd.  

Analysis showed that colleagues from a BAME background were more likely to suffer some key indicators of workplace inequalities, particularly during disciplinary processes. In order to challenge this the People & Culture team created and delivered a multi-pronged and impactful project that set out to address this, and so found ways to make organisational systems and processes work better.

The team’s winning entry was highly deserved because, in the HSJ Award judges own words, they had created ‘a fantastic example of genuine innovative thinking’ and so ‘the Trust was able to break new ground in employee relations.’ 

On learning of the team’s success, the Trust’s Director of People and Culture, Tanya Carter said that:  

“I am delighted that we have won this award.  This project has been over two years in the making.

“This is a tremendous accolade and showcases the innovative work that we have undertaken.  This project is special because this incorporated QI and Coproduction, working closely with Service User Ade Curwen. This project has shaped our approach to managing ER cases and is having a tangible impact on how we look after people going through formal processes. I am super proud.” 

Trust CEO Paul Calaminus said: “This is great news and well deserved. 

“We are all committed to making ELFT a place where people not only enjoy their work, but where they can thrive and reach their full potential. 

This is a pioneering project, tackling inequalities in practice. Well done to all involved.”  

Two other Trust services made it through to the HSJ Award finals yesterday - for the Health & Local Government Partnership Award category, it was the Newham Community Health Services' Rapid Response Team, based at the East Ham Care Centre along with colleagues from the London Borough of Newham, Barts Health Trust & Age UK who were nominated for  creating the Newham Integrated Discharge Hub

The City and Hackney Specialist Psychotherapy Service (SPS) were given the accolade 'Highly Commended for their work in the Digitising Patient Services Initiative category. They were recognised for the partnership work alongside Hackney CCG, The Advocacy Project, Core Sport, Patient Knows Best and Silver Cloud for their work to create  A Digital Recovery Platform for Severe Mental Illness.'

For the full list of entrants and winners visit The HSJ Awards 2020>>