Sussex ICS highly commended at HSJ Awards for its progress and achievements

Sussex Health and Care Partnership has been highly commended at the HSJ Awards 2021, recognising the hard work and commitment of partners to improve care for our local population.

SCHP was shortlisted in the national awards in the Integrated Care System of the Year Category.

The comprehensive assessment process involved a first round of remote judging – overseen by a panel of dedicated industry professionals – followed by a live presentation. Having successfully completed both of these highly competitive stages, Sussex Health and Care Partnership went on to be highly commended, standing out amongst a very impressive shortlist.

The Sussex Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Disparity Response Programme and the Sussex BAME Locally Commissioned Service (LCS) were also both individually shortlisted for the NHS Race Equality award.

On being awarded this distinguished commendation, Adam Doyle, ICB Chief Executive Officer Designate, said:

“We are so proud to have been recognised by the HSJ Awards and Highly Commended in the Integrated Care System of the Year Category.

“We are also delighted to have been shortlisted in the Race Equality Category for our BAME Disparity Response Programme and Locally Commissioned Service, alongside such calibre of entries.

“Together this demonstrates the progress we have made across Sussex and hard work and commitment of all of our system partners. Only a few years ago Sussex was a significantly challenged system and rated as one of the least developed ICSs in the country. In the last four years, we have made significant improvement and progress in how we work that has led to improved quality of services, partnership work, and outcomes for our population.

“As a health and care system, we have an agreed long-term vision for 2025 that aims to support people to live for longer in good health, reduce health inequalities, improve patient experience, better support our staff, and ensure the cost of health and care is affordable and sustainable – and we will continue our work to make that a reality.

“For all of our teams this is a fantastic achievement, and is due to their tremendous efforts and hard work.”

Alastair McLellan, Health Service Journal Editor adds:

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Sussex Health and Care Partnership on being Highly Commended in the Integrated Care System of the Year Category at this year’s HSJ Awards.

“Each year, I am overwhelmed by the many impressive individuals, teams and Trusts who submit details of their work and projects to the HSJ Awards – and this year was no exception. The sheer quality and standard of nominees is outstanding and all finalists – should be very proud of their contribution to healthcare excellence.

“Congratulations again on your brilliant efforts, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you and your colleagues!”

Watch a film that sets out our progress as an ICS – One Vision, One System, One NHS:

Watch films setting out the difference the Sussex Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Disparity Response Programme and the Sussex BAME Locally Commissioned Service (LCS) have made for our population.

The HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for the health sector. Over the last 40 years the awards have been celebrating healthcare excellence through huge political, technological and financial challenges within the sector. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

The winners and those highly commended were announced across 23 categories during the HSJ Awards ceremony held at Evolution London on November 18.