Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been successfully shortlisted for a prestigious national award that celebrates innovations, initiatives and advancements whilst improving the patient experience.
The Trust has been successfully shortlisted in two categories for this year’s UK National GO Awards for working collaboratively with partners to improve the networks and systems that underpin healthcare in the region. The two awards include the ‘Procurement Innovation of the Year’ and ‘Procurement Project of the Year.’ Key elements of the Trust’s nomination focussed on the collaboration and commitment between partners in the Integrated Care System. There was also recognition of the level of market and supplier engagement and the achievement of significant savings for all stakeholders.
The project has allowed the Trust to improve patient experience by delivering a timelier and improved service via efficiencies in record keeping as well as referral pathways and communications between services. The project has also improved connectivity across sites for staff in shared NHS locations as well as benefiting mobile staff who typically find their working day involving travel into communities and across Health and Care sites.
The new network underpins healthcare systems and will deliver important improvements in performance as well as securing against future malware and cyber attacks.
The nominations follow on from work that the Trust did in engaging partners in the North West Shared Infrastructure Service (NWSIS) to deliver a new contract for a Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) across the Lancashire Integrated Care System (ICS). The Trust hosted the project and partners consisted of members of NWSIS, including local Acute Hospital Trusts, the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and other Public Sector bodies.
Stephen McGarry, Head of Procurement and Commercial Finance at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“It is incredibly rewarding to see the Lancashire HSCN procurement being shortlisted at the GO Public Procurement Awards. This exemplar engagement and commitment of the NHS and wider Public Sector partners has helped achieve significant improvements in both value and performance of services for which we can all be very proud and should rightly celebrate this National recognition.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 30 April 2019 at Hilton Metropole in Birmingham for more information please visit www.goawards.co.uk/national/2019-20-finalists/.