Sussex health and care providers shortlisted for national health and care awards

Health and care providers in Sussex have been shortlisted for several national health and care awards, recognising the hard work and efforts of their staff to help improve local people’s lives.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards celebrate success stories that can help to shape the future of the health and care.

This year, Sussex Health and Care Partnership, which represents health and care organisations in Sussex, has made it down to the final selection for several awards.

The shortlisting for Sussex for the Integrated Care System of the Year Category reflects how health and care services across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and West Sussex are working in a truly integrated way to improve the quality of health services patients receive through the partnership working. The shortlisting represents progress made across the health and care system in Sussex, and the collective effort from health and care teams to improve care for service users and patients.

Sussex Health and Care Partnership has also been shortlisted for two NHS Race Equality Awards, which recognises initiatives that either identify and tackle ethnic health inequalities for patients and communities or promote race equality and inclusion.

The Sussex Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Disparity Response Programme has been shortlisted for the NHS Race Equality award. The introduction of the programme came after national data showed the link between economic disadvantage and COVID-19 incidence, and severe disease. The Sussex Health and Care Partnership responded swiftly and was one of the first in the country to establish a BAME Disparity Response programme early May 2020. To save lives, an immediate action plan was developed, which included measures to protect staff, data monitoring, and full engagement with BAME staff, residents and stakeholders in our local communities.

The Sussex BAME Locally Commissioned Service (LCS) also received a nomination in the same category. This service was introduced to protect and support BAME people at risk of poor health outcomes as a result of COVID-19. The service was rolled-out to GP Practices in June 2020 through a partnership between the NHS, Local Authorities and community champions.

Adam Doyle, ICS Leader, said: “Our job is to make sure the health and care system works for the people who rely on it to keep them safe and well. We are working together to provide a truly joined up approach.

“For teams from all providers of health and care across Sussex to be chosen to be shortlisted among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement, and is due to their tremendous efforts and hard work.”

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, said: “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sussex Health and Care Partnership on being nominated in two categories in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 is available.