The winners of the 2019 Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards have been announced.
This year, NHS Employers sponsored the Reservist Support Initiative award, a new award which recognises organisations who are excelling in retaining and developing the career of reservists within the NHS.
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was chosen as the winner and given the award at the ceremony in London.
Nine trusts were shortlisted and each delivered a presentation to a panel of judges to demonstrate how their organisation recognises the value of reservists to the NHS workforce and the support that is offered. The judging panel included representatives from NHS Employers, the Ministry of Defence and NHS England.
Feedback from the judges on Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals' winning entry highlights the value that engagement from senior leadership and tailored policies bring to supporting reservists within the NHS:
"This project is truly led by the community it supports. The visibility and inclusion of the Armed Forces staff network clearly drives the support provided to reservists within the trust. Having built on policies to now offer two-weeks paid leave to reservists the trust also extends this to partners taking a whole family approach. There are also explicit mobilisation and training policies."
Highly commended was Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The judges commented on their commitment to publicly showing their support of reservists within their workforce:
Workforce Initiative of the Year award
NHS England / Improvement picked up the NHS Confederation sponsored award for Workforce Initiative of the Year for their work on the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
The judges commented:
“There was a large number of entries, all of a high calibre, so having to choose one winner was extremely difficult. The wide range of initiatives that have been delivered will definitely have a positive effect on patients and staff. We look forward to sharing the good practice across the NHS.”
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust picked up highly commended for its approach to developing a new workforce, alongside University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for its work on advanced and consultant AHP practice service re-design.
The team at the NHS Employers would like to congratulate all organisations that entered and thank them for their continued support.
Find out about all the winning organisations and their initiatives on the HSJ Awards website.