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WWL Wins Top UK Award for Staff Engagement

Newsdate: 3 December 2013

In the photo: Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust staff celebrate their 2013 Health Service Journal Award triumphWrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) again demonstrated its reputation for high quality healthcare and innovation by winning one of the UK’s most prestigious healthcare honours, a 2013 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award.

WWL won first prize in the HSJ Awards Staff Engagement category for its entry ‘The WWL Way’, the hospital Trust’s pioneering partnership approach to achieve real improvements in culture, staff engagement and performance. 

Welcoming the involvement of WWL Chief Executive as a strong indication of leadership commitment to staff engagement, the HSJ Awards judges said: “The project adds value and rigour to staff engagement initiatives, releasing organisational energy and ideas to deliver systematic improvements in staff satisfaction and frontline performance.”

More than 1,000 healthcare leaders from across the UK packed The Grosvenor House Hotel in central London for the glittering HSJ Awards 2013, hosted by journalist and Channel 4 News Presenter, Jon Snow.

In real terms, ‘The WWL Way’ achievements include a reduction in patient delays in theatres, a £1.3 million reduction in the cost of employing temporary staff, 0.8 per cent reduction in sickness absence, and a new easy to use training system which gives staff more time to care for patients.
WWL Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Jon Lenney says: "We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious national award, which is a great testament to the efforts of many people working in the Trust. We firmly believe that focusing on staff engagement and communication at every level of the organisation is vitally important for creating a strong and inclusive culture that brings about improvements that benefit patients and staff alike."
“In a year when the NHS has arguably faced greater challenges than ever before, winning a national staff engagement award affirms WWL’s strong commitment to involve staff and patients in developing and improving care and is a great reward and morale booster for our staff.”

Competition for a coveted HSJ Award, widely known as ‘the healthcare Oscars’, was fierce with entries from the cream of NHS Trusts the length and breadth of Britain totalling more than 1,100.

WWL was the only NHS Trust in the northwest to achieve three HSJ Award 2013 nominations: Chief Executive Andrew Foster shortlisted for the NHS Chief Executive of the Year award and the WWL Clinical Research Team finalists in the Clinical Research Impact category.

In the photo above: Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust staff celebrate their 2013 Health Service Journal Award triumph