Oxleas shortlisted twice for top awards

News: HSJ winners 2011
Oxleas and Greenwich Council picked up a joint-award at the 2011 HSJ awards evening

We have been shortlisted for 'Staff Engagement' and 'Provider Trust of the Year' in this year's HSJ Awards. 

Award winners will be announced at a special dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on Tuesday 19 November.

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, said: “We have done really well to be shortlisted twice as finalists. I know that the competition will be stiff, but whatever the outcome I am proud of the effort our staff have made to get this far.”

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Simon Hart, said: “This just goes to show what a dedicated and hard working staff we have here at Oxleas. Whether we win any of these awards or not I know that the ‘can do’ attitude of staff will not change.”

The evidence from more than two decades of study is that a workforce that feels valued and has an element of control over its future is healthier and more productive.

In the NHS, staff who are motivated to perform well and feel able to suggest and implement ideas for improvement and feel supported by their workplace culture deliver higher quality services. High levels of staff engagement result in improved levels of patient satisfaction, so staff wellbeing is essential to patient wellbeing. In the light of the Francis Report, the need to listen to staff has taken on a new impetus.

The 'Staff Engagement' award category is about recognising organisations that have turned the theory of engaging with staff into reality and can show how staff engagement is delivering innovation and higher quality services. It recognises organisations that are able to demonstrate that staff engagement is at the heart of their culture – where they are at the heart of decision making processes, feel valued and understand the values of the organisation. HSJ judges will be looking for organisations where staff can express concerns and receive an effective response and where there is partnership with trade unions.

NHS trusts are undergoing rapid change – a statement that applies as much to teaching hospitals as it does to district general hospitals, community trusts or mental health trusts. Public and patient expectations are rising; new drugs and new treatments need to be provided; clinical outcomes need to be demonstrated. In the ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ category judges will be looking for evidence of: high quality and compassionate care with the patient at the centre; a culture which encourages openness, transparency and candour; strong financial management which supports the organisation's strategic goals; partnership working with other organisations, both in the NHS and outside it and effective and responsive handling of complaints. 

We have also been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award in the Respiratory Nursing category. This has to do with the work we have been doing around Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Maidstone prison.

Published on 23rd August 2013