Wave of nominations across King’s Health Partners in HSJ Awards 2022 shortlist

A roundup of everyone in the partnership who’s been nominated for one of these prestigious national awards.

We’re delighted to announce that the partnership has been nominated in five categories in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2022.

The national awards, run by news and insight specialists the HSJ, celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements across the healthcare sector.

Now the shortlist has been confirmed, stage two judging will take place in late September and early October, with the awards ceremony on 17 November.

Here’s a roundup of nominations across King’s Health Partners:Waqas Akhtar

Clinical Leader of the Year

  • Waqas Akhtar [pictured], Chief Registrar, ST10 in Cardiology and Intensive Care, RCP Associate College Tutor, London Regional TROD, Founder and Director of Mechanical Life Support, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

The HSJ says:

Clinical leaders are fundamental to improving patient safety and experience, to integrating services and transforming care pathways, to creating a culture where compassion is highly valued and where patients come first.

NHS Communications Initiative of the Year Award

  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH), Maternity Parent Education Online.

The workshops are run by the Trust’s Maternity unit to help prepare expectant parents for the birth and baby. People can join the Welcome to King’s workshop in their first trimester to learn more about how to stay healthy in pregnancy, the services offered and other workshops that may be suitable for them.

Find out more here.

The HSJ says:

Communications and public relations staff are essential in helping NHS organisations engage with patients, local communities, staff and other interested groups including the media and outside organisations.

NHS Race Equality Award

  • Guy's and St Thomas': Kofoworola Abeni Pratt Fellowship.

The one-year programme includes part-time posts and is based in the Nightingale Academy, which is part of the Chief Nurse's Office. Successful applicants have the opportunity to work across the organisation, alongside their existing clinical role.

They will lead on projects and work with different groups of people across the Trust, including senior leaders. They will also help to create and deliver a leadership programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds. Find out more here.

  • KCH: Equitable Care for All Ethnicities at the end-of-life project.

Recognising that more could be done to measure and reduce health inequalities for those from ethnic minority groups, the Trust’s palliative care team launched several initiatives, including leading a UK audit on the validity of ethnicity documentation and mobilising a Trust-wide ‘Racial Bias of Pulse Oximetry’ group. Find out more here.

The HSJ says:

Tackling ethnic health inequalities is a critical step to ensuring everyone in society can live full and healthy lives regardless of their background. We also know that those NHS organisations which embrace the diversity of their workforce are more likely achieve higher levels of staff satisfaction, a positive working culture, improved patient outcomes and organisational efficiency.

Primary and Community Care Innovation of the Year

  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital part of Guy’s and St Thomas’, KCH, King’s College London, South East London ICB, Lambeth Council, Southwark Council, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), and Lambeth and Southwark GP Federations: Children & Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP).

The partnership works in Lambeth and Southwark, and is unique in the UK and across Europe in its cross-organisational, system-wide, transformative and academically rigorous approach to improving child health services.

The CYPHP’S model of care is designed to deliver significantly better health, better healthcare outcomes, and better value for children and young people. Find out more here

The HSJ says:

Strengthening access to primary care and transforming point of care from the hospital into the community or the home are essential levers for future NHS sustainability, reducing waiting lists and optimising hospital utilisation.
Making this a reality means finding innovative ways to deliver out of hospital care – whether that’s through new workforce roles and ways of working, collaborations across providers or with system partners, creative thinking about place of care, or digital interventions to increase capacity and access.

Using Data to Connect Services Award

  • SLaM and ReStart, Interoperability of data to support Mental Health Innovation

A collaboration between the Psychosis CAG, Cogstack, SLaM Digital and Pathology services and the company ReStart. Find out more here

The HSJ says:

As the system-wide challenges of responding to the pandemic highlighted, there is little doubt that the only way to achieve true integration of care will be to ensure a steady flow of data and information between different parts of the system. Yet challenges remain: concerns over consent and the need to ensure interoperability chief among them.

To see the full shortlist, visit the HSJ Awards website here.