Northamptonshire NHS Trust up for National Healthcare Excellence Awards


Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for three prestigious Health Service Journal awards.

It has been shortlisted for the Freedom to Speak Up Organisation of the Year, NHS Communications Initiative, and System-Led Support for Carers categories.

NHFT has worked hard to develop a culture to focus on learning and improvement, to
help staff feel able to speak up so that potential harm is prevented.

The Trust was thrilled to receive a High Commendation in the Freedom to Speak Up category last year, and this year’s submission demonstrates how our FTSU guardian, Matt Asbrey, and the network of champions have continued to build on and develop this work.

Similarly, NHFT is committed to equality and diversity and as such has a number of staff
networks for colleagues to join to help address issues or challenges within the Trust and
support equality and inclusivity.

The Working Carers staff network has worked closely with other organisations in Northamptonshire under the umbrella organisation Northants Services Working Together to support one another.

Within NHFT, the Working Carers network has put a great deal of support in place colleagues, and many of these have been enhanced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is for this work that the team has been shortlisted in the System-Led Support for Carers category.

Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging for all NHS staff, whether working on-site or remotely at home.

In the early summer, the Communications and Organisational Development teams worked together on a strategy to communicate and engage with NHFT colleagues working across the county. This strategy has helped to ensure staff are informed and stay safe through COVID-19, and has also included initiatives that allow staff to focus on their own wellbeing.

Chief Executive Angela Hillery said: “The HSJ Awards are the most prestigious health and care awards in the country, and so it is brilliant to be shortlisted in three separate categories.

“NHFT is absolutely committed to putting people first, and this means that we continually strive to provide safe, high quality care, as well as a great place to work for our staff.

“This year has been exceptionally difficult, and the pressures of COVID-19 continue. A lot of work has gone into our Working Carers, Freedom to Speak Up and Communications
projects, and all of these elements contribute to NHFT being a great place to work and
therefore to us achieving our vision of being a leading provider of outstanding,
compassionate care.

“Thank you to everyone for helping us to achieve this position”.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a virtual ceremony in March, 2021.

Read more about the NHFT in your December copy of the East Northants Reporter.

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