Black Country and West Birmingham CCG Shortlisted for the HSJ Awards

Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (BCWB CCGs) is delighted to announce that our entry – a system-wide response to protect Care homes during COVID-19 has been shortlisted for System Leadership Initiative of the Year at the 2020 HSJ Awards, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare.

Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs has been shortlisted despite the tough competition from over 1000 entries. A system-wide response to protect Care homes during COVID-19 has been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on patient and staff experiences within the health care sector.

The judging panel is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in UK, staff across Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) STP initiated measures to safeguard and protect the vulnerable and elderly population in independent care homes. The initiative commenced in early March and was led by the Chief Nursing Officer of the BCWB CCGs and involved a multitude of stakeholders who worked collaboratively to enact contingency plans and mobilise robust packages of support for 289 BCWB care homes.

The system-wide response brought together contributions from patients, carers, primary and secondary care professionals, volunteers, social care and independent care home staff to identify and support the evolving needs of the resident population of these homes – including some incredibly vulnerable and frail patients.

Sally Roberts -Chief Nursing Officer at BCWB CCG comments, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for System Leadership Initiative of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implement A system-wide response to protect Care homes during COVID-19. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our most vulnerable patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve our healthcare provision in care homes.

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. 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 full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2020-shortlist.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.