Oxleas and Greenwich Council pick up highest award at Health Service Journal Awards

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Greenwich Council jointly won two awards at the Health Service Journal Awards, at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel.
They were awarded the Staff Engagement category and the overall prize - the Secretary of State Award for Excellence which was presented by the RT Hon Andrew Lansley.
The awards recognised an integration project between Greenwich Council and Greenwich Community Health Services staff which has improved care for older people with urgent health and social care needs in Greenwich.

Social care and health staff worked jointly to assess and support older people in the community to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and to plan for a safe return home from hospital. This integrated service builds upon a longstanding partnership approach between the local health services and the council.

Jane Wells, Oxleas Director of Greenwich Community Health Services said: “This is wonderful. It shows how we value our staff and how we have empowered them as frontline clinicians and practitioners to design changes which have improved services for patients. Partnership working and trust across both organisations was key to the success of this project and I think that is what made our project stand out to the Secretary of State who selected us from all of the winners. I’m delighted that the efforts of our innovative and dedicated staff have been recognised.”

Councillor Peter Kotz, Greenwich Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Adults and Older People, said: “This is fantastic news and I would personally like to thank Greenwich Council and Greenwich Community Health Services staff for working in true collaboration and having the initiative to identify changes that have brought significant improvement in services to deliver better quality care for older people. Greenwich Council believe that everyone has the right to live with dignity and is dedicated to supporting people with additional care needs to continue living independently in their own homes. Winning two awards demonstrates our commitment to achieving this.”

The HSJ awards reward the best innovation, ideas and dedication found throughout the healthcare sector. This year there were more than 1,000 entries with winners selected in 18 categories and one overall winner selected from these for the Secretary of State Award.

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The Health Service Journal Awards are recognised as a huge accolade and are organised by leading weekly magazine Health Service Journal. For more information on The Health Service Journal Awards go to www.hsjawards.com.
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Published on 21st November 2011 News Release