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The best in healthcare were rewarded at the 30th annual Health Service Journal Awards at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel and North West Ambulance Service was one of the lucky few to walk away with an award.
Over 1,400 guests attended the ceremony which rewarded the best innovation, ideas and dedication found throughout the healthcare sector over the last year.
The HSJ reported an exceptional level of entries this year; with more than 1,000 entries. The judges worked very hard to narrow each category down to an exceptional shortlist, and then to select 18 very deserving winners.
North West Ambulance Service picked up the award for its paramedic pathfinders project which is essentially a triage tool with destination outcomes which relies on symptom recognition rather than diagnosis.
After initial shortlisting, Mark Newton and Dr David Ratcliffe from NWAS presented the project to the judges who described the project as “an inspirational initiative to redesign use of urgent care services.” They said it showed “drive, energy and commitment to engineer change across a range of service providers.”
NWAS was invited to attend the ceremony where it was revealed the pathfinder project had won the ‘clinical service redesign’ award, beating competition from The North West London Hospitals Trust, Stockport Foundation Trust, Southern Health Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Waltham Forest Federated Clinical Commissioning Group and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.
London Trauma Office and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust were highly commended by the judges.
The judging panel consisted of:
- Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
- Dr Clare Gerada, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
- Rosamond Roughton, Programme Director, Commissioning Development, Department Of Health.
Alastair McLellan, the editor of Health Service Journal said: "This year marks the 30th anniversary of the HSJ Awards. As well as highlighting the quality of this year's winners, we would also like to honour the hundreds that have won HSJ Awards over the last three decades. Their combined contribution is responsible for the many of the huge advances the service has delivered. All working in and with the NHS will hope that 2012 will prove to be a more positive year than this, while recognising the challenges of reform and productivity are set to become even sharper. We hope and believe the 2011 HSJ Awards winners can be an inspiration to light the way ahead."
The Health Service Journal Awards are recognised as a huge accolade and are organised by leading weekly magazine Health Service Journal.