07 November 2019

Services and teams from across the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) were represented at the glittering annual Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards ceremony that took place in South West London’s Battersea Park on Wednesday 6 November. 

Nominations from across the whole country flood in every year with NHS teams and services hoping to attend the prestigious awards ceremony.  

But to qualify in getting an entry accepted by the HSJ judges is always a challenge. 

This year ELFT colleagues were part of a multi-agency team that not only won first prize for the category 'Mental Health Innovation of the Year' but also won the accolade of being 'Highly Recommended' in two other categories as well. 

City and Hackney has the fifth highest prevalence of serious mental illness in England, but last year a collaborative approach to achieve the highest SMI physical health check coverage in the country was a success.

An alliance approach has enabled people and data from different organisations to be integrated and has created a seamless pathway for physical health checks between primary and secondary care.

The multi agency project won the title of ‘Highly Commended’ in two other categories:  Community/Primary Care Service Redesign and Primary Care Innovation of the Year.  

A successful entry was also submitted by a partnership of ELFT teams working together including the People & Culture team as well as the Quality Improvement (QI) team for their work on 'Enjoying Work' for the category of 'Staff Engagement.'
A full list of HSJ winning entries can be found here, including a full break down of the successful project that won for being the Mental Health Innovation of the Year.