Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ Medical Intern Project has been shortlisted for Workforce Initiative of the Year at the Health Services Journal (HSJ) awards.
A staggering 1,067 entries were received for the Awards, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist, from across 162 organisations, reflecting the breadth of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.
Now in its 42nd year, the HSJ Awards continue to provide an opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that individuals and teams across the sector deliver on a daily basis.
The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Sarah-Jane Marsh (Chief Executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); David Probert (Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust); Dr Bola Owolabi (Director Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Eugine Yafele (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust); Tracy Allen (Chief Executive Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust).
Following the thorough judging process, the Trust Medical Intern Project was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held on 17th November at Battersea Evolution Centre, London.
Despite the tough competition, the Trust Medical Intern Project stood out as a ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist. At this first stage of judging, the shortlist was based on ambition; outcome; value; involvement and working together, and, crucially, how the project might be “picked up” and replicated elsewhere for the benefit of both patients and professional colleagues.
The Medical Intern Project was developed, with our partners, the University of Manchester, to support International Medical Graduates during their transition into NHS practice.
The key facets of the project were: recruitment at scale, to allow a discreet intake of doctors; a supernumerary / shadowing period; enrolment on a postgraduate diploma in clinical practice, covering all aspects of NHS patient care; clinical and educational supervision; professional portfolio; rotating six-month clinical placements for two years; support with careers and job application; pastoral care.
Malathi Reddy, Trust Senior Programme Manager, said: “This really is wonderful news - the fact we’ve been shortlisted for the HSJ Awards 2022 will undoubtedly be a huge ‘pat on the back’ for our amazingly hard working and deserving team.
“Our staff always go above and beyond to improve patient outcomes and quality of service and care – and aligning with the HSJ Awards programme really allows us to share our success as well as everything we’ve learnt through implementing our project.
“We hope we might even inspire other colleagues across the UK to pursue and put their ideas and innovations into practice too!”
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, added: “On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate Lancashire Teaching Hospitals FT on being shortlisted as a finalist.
“All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!
“Year on year the number of entrants continue to rise which I find so encouraging and is testament to the effect that HSJ Awards can have on improved staff culture and morale.
“We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service. But we never forget that the award ceremony is not just a celebration within a night, but a platform to recognise the hard work of all our NHS staff, all year round.”
The most coveted accolade in UK healthcare, 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.