The Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, which is the Integrated Care System that oversees the delivery of health and social care across the region, is delighted to have been recognised on a national platform, becoming finalists in five categories in the national Health Service Journal awards.

The awards, which occur annually, recognise the outstanding contributions being made to healthcare by organisations, teams and individuals across the NHS and the wider health sector. 

Across Surrey Heartlands, we have been selected from thousands of entries to become finalists in the following categories:

  • System Led Support for Carers Award – Through a joint submission, Surrey Heartlands and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust have been recognised for cross-system working to support unpaid carers through a range of initiatives to make sure carers get the help and support they need. This has included a new quality standard to ensure that our ICS partners are ‘carer friendly’ organisations, doing more to identify adult and young carers early on so they get the right support, increasing the number of carer breaks and carer prescriptions we provide and many other projects and initiatives to support carers.
  • Digitising Patient Services Initiative Award – We have also been shortlisted for the rapid introduction of virtual consultations across the whole of Surrey Heartlands at pace and at scale. Through this initiative, we worked together as a system with GP practices, community services, hospitals and our mental health trust so we could continue to see patients virtually and make sure they got the care and advice they needed from the comfort of their own home, following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year Award – Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is a finalist for this prestigious award, which recognises trusts that are offering high quality patient-centred care, built on strong engagement both internally with staff and externally with partners. The trust has delivered a range of improvements, resulting in the best staff and patient survey results in the history of the Trust. It has also successfully introduced more integrated care for patients, with acute, community and social care services coming together, helping to reduce hospital admissions.
  • Patient Safety Award – The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a finalist in this category, which recognises initiatives that are driving up patient safety, for their use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices to aid breathing. The devices, which are an alternative to ventilation, have been used to support people suffering from Covid-19, allowing patients to remain conscious and breathing independently throughout.
  • Mental health innovation of the year – The Surrey High Intensity Partnership Programme, which was launched in 2017, is a finalist in this category. The programme brings together Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and A&E teams at Epsom and East Surrey Hospitals. It supports people who frequently present to emergency and mental health services in crisis and who have complex mental health needs.

The entries have been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that they have had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.  

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System and local GP commented:

“Every day I am hugely impressed by the dedication, commitment and innovation shown by frontline staff, teams and organisations across Surrey Heartlands. This commitment to patient care and willingness to go the extra mile has been very evident as partners have come together to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, with staff finding new and innovative ways to keep services running for our citizens.

“I feel very proud that these efforts have been recognised and that we have finalists in so many different categories, showing just how much work continues to happen in every area to improve quality of care and wellbeing for our citizens.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved and wish you all the very best of luck in the next stages” Dr Fuller added.

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards recognise best practice in organisations, teams and individuals in the NHS and the wider health sector.

Click here for the full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards.   

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.