Croydon’s ground-breaking partnerships were praised in a prestigious national awards ceremony this week, which celebrates excellence in health and care services.
The 2020 HSJ Awards were held virtually for the first time to recognise the dedication, innovation and teamwork in what has undoubtedly been one of the toughest years for health and care workers.
The borough was highly commended in two out of three nominations for patient safety and for leading changes to local health and care services to provide more joined-up care and support.
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust was highly commended for patient safety through a new system that allows clinicians to closely monitor and care for patients with and without COVID-19, to keep people safe from the virus.
The One Croydon Alliance was also highly commended for the System Leadership Initiative of the Year, beating more than 1,000 entries to make it to the final few. This award acknowledges organisations that are working together to tackle health inequalities and provide better quality care.
One Croydon was also a runner-up in the Health and Local Government Partnership Award category, which recognises partnerships that are successfully break down boundaries between health and social care to provide more coordinated care for patients and create opportunities for staff.
Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive of the local NHS Trust and Croydon’s Place Based Leader for Health said:
“Croydon is a frontrunner in partnership working, continuing a journey that we began more than five years ago when we set up the One Croydon Alliance to combine our expertise, energy and experience to improve how we look after peoples’ health and care.
“If anything, COVID has proved the strength of our partnerships. Our staff have come together across different teams, professional disciplines and organisational boundaries to join-up our care and services when people need us the most. For the amazing work of our staff to be highly commended in these awards shows that we are on the right path, and we’re moving in the right direction."
Cllr Janet Campbell, cabinet member for families, health and social care, said:
“We're absolutely delighted to have been highly commended in the HSJ awards. This is recognition of the outstanding contribution made by all our partners in One Croydon, who have improved the lives of hundreds of people in the borough this year. We hope to build on these foundations to improve the lives of thousands more in the years ahead.”
More than 4,000 viewers attended the virtual awards ceremony on 17 March 2021, which marked the 40th year of the Health Service Journal Awards.
Announcing the winners was comedian, actor and charity campaigner, Sir Lenny Henry, alongside award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Victoria Derbyshire.
HSJ Editor, Alistair McLellan, offered his congratulations to Croydon for their success. He said:
“The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of those recognised at the Awards has been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Croydon on being Highly Commended at this year’s 40th HSJ Awards”.
The full list of winners and highly commended entries for the 40th HSJ Awards can be found on here.
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