Colleagues across the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care system have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to healthcare through a number of shortlisted entries in this year’s HSJ Awards 2021 – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands ICS said: “As a system we are delighted to see the contribution of colleagues right across our partnership recognised in this way.  This kind of recognition not only highlights the collaborative efforts and dedication of all the teams involved, but also showcases the continued hard work of colleagues across the system in transforming local services and supporting people to live healthier lives. I’d like to offer my congratulations to all involved”.

As a system, Surrey Heartlands has been shortlisted for three awards:

NHS Race Equality Award

The Surrey Heartlands ICS BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Alliance has been shortlisted for its exemplary work in its first year of inception, championing equality and diversity. Focused on supporting and empowering staff and communities, the BAME Alliance has worked closely with staff to listen and respond to how our colleagues are feeling on race equality in the workplace, take action to address concerns and ensure this important issue is on the agenda at the highest level with the support of the entire partnership.

In the same category, the wider South East Coast region was also shortlisted for their Turning the Tide Board which focuses on tackling racial inequalities, alongside two entries from our neighbouring Sussex ICS (the Sussex BAME Disparity Response Programme, and BAME Locally Commissioned Service which relates to primary care) demonstrating the work we are doing across the whole region to tackle racial inequalities.

Health and Local Government Partnership Award

Surrey Heartlands and Surrey County Council have been jointly shortlisted for the Learning Disability & Autism Programme in the Health and Local Government Partnership Award. The programme aims to increase the number of people with learning disabilities and autism that live independently, with higher quality and integrated care and support, access to employment, life skills and friendship groups.

Integrated Care System of the Year

A joint project between Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to reduce diagnosis times for lung cancer patients has been recognsied in the Integrated Care System of the Year category. The ‘Direct Access Urgent CT Lung Pathway Project’ helps to reduce the time it takes to diagnose lung cancer by providing GPs with direct access to urgent CT scans for anyone displaying concerning symptoms.

Further success across the Surrey Heartlands partnership saw GP Federation, Alliance for Better Care, which works across East Surrey and parts of Sussex being shortlisted in the Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year category for its inclusive Covid-19 vaccination programme, ensuring all patients, including the most vulnerable, had equal access to vaccinations.

Also being recognised for their outstanding contribution, three of the system’s wider partners were shortlisted; Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for Acute Trust of the Year; Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for transforming community mental health care in the Mental Health Innovation of the Year category; and PA Consulting for their role in helping set up the NHS Seacole Centre at Headley Court last year in the HSJ Partnership of the Year category. 

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist.

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Sir Bruce Keogh (Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).

All shortlisted entries will be going forward to the official awards ceremony to be held in November. Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, they were selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the projects have had on both patient and staff experiences.

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on November 18th 2021.

More information on the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found at www.awards.hsj.co.uk.