NNUH shortlisted for prestigious Health Service Journal Award

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for ‘Workforce innovation through inspiration’.The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector. The ‘Workforce innovation through inspiration’ nomination is for the Trust’s innovative and cost effective approach to growing the workforce.

The award submission included details on the Trust’s apprenticeship programme which has recruited 23 new apprentices in 2011/12 increasing to 85 in 2014/15 and represents over 1% of NNUH’s total workforce. 97% of NNUH apprentices go on to employment with 93% staying within the hospital.

The entry also covered the new Health and Social Care apprenticeship programme in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Health Education England where NNUH was selected as one of the first pilot sites and the Armed Forces ‘Step Into Health‘ Attachment Program.

Working in partnership with Walking with the Wounded, The Royal Foundation and the Career Transition Partnership, the Armed Forces Attachment Program offers service leavers, including those retired through ill health, injury, or wounds sustained on operations, and Regular Serving Personnel leaving the services, support to undertake an individualised work experience programme. The programme empowers service leavers’ integration back into employment and community life and the opportunity to gain an understanding of the NHS and careers within it.

Jeremy Over, NNUH Director of Workforce commented: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the awards this year. The quality of services that NHS organisations provide to patients and carers relies heavily on attracting and retaining the very best individuals, who embody the values of the NHS, to work within it. The shortlisting has recognised the work that has been going on in order to make this a reality and grow our workforce from within.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care.”

The winners will be announced at a dinner in London on the 18th November.

Note to editors

Health and Social Care integrated apprenticeship programme
This programme is a joint initiative between Health Education East of England, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support. In this pilot programme, the Young Apprentices involved will work for six months in an acute hospital setting and six months in community care.

These training posts will enable the apprentice to undertake a qualification which will provide the individuals with valuable work placements with more than one organisation across health and social care settings – these could include hospitals and community care.

Armed Forces Attachment Program
The programme includes information days as well as bespoke work experience opportunities tailored to their expertise, experience and skills.

About HSJ
The HSJ awards were created in 1981 to recognise, on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

This year, over 600 unique organisations submitted over 1600 entries. The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:

  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England
  • Ursula Ward, CEO, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
  • David Haslam, Chair, NICE
  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gill Morgan, Chair, Foundation Trust Network
Monday 28th of September 2015 11:13:24 AM