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Major Success in National HSJ Awards

Newsdate: 20 November 2014

Pictured from the left: Nick Robinson (BBC) and staff from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust celebrate their HSJ Award success

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to announce its greatest ever success in national healthcare awards.

The Trust was winner in three of four shortlisted HSJ Award categories and won the very prestigious Provider Trust of the Year award. The other two winning categories were Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability and Patient Safety. The Trust won three out of 22 category winners at the ceremony held in London – more than any other organisation.

Commenting on the Trust’s success, Andrew Foster, Chief Executive, said, “This amazing success, to win these three HSJ Awards including the main Provider Trust of the Year is the highlight of my career. I must give due praise to the dedication and commitment of all our staff who are truly behind our quality strategy to deliver safe, effective and caring services to our patients.

Robert Armstrong, Chairman said, “We also must also acknowledge our health and social care partners across Wigan Borough who have supported and collaborated with us to help us achieve this fantastic success.”

Andrew added, “The HSJ Awards are considered the largest and most sought after accolade in British healthcare. To win three of the awards out of 1,300 entries from 500 different organisations makes me so proud. This success has to be credited to all our staff who are the people who have really made this possible. Their dedication to constantly improve quality and their compassion to provide the best care they can for their patients is what has been recognised and acknowledged through this success.”

On the first award win of the night in the Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability category, the judges described the Social Responsibility Group’s many activities as “a refreshing approach aiming to create social movement for environmental and social change with clear impact on reducing inequalities”. In the Patient Safety category the judges were very impressed by the Trust’s Quality And Safety Champions programme that they described as “data-driven and factual but passionate approach along with the staff engagement and ‘belief’”. In summing up the main Provider Trust of the Year category win, the judges praised WWL “a great all round performer ensuring happy staff resulting in happy patients”.

Pictured above from the left: Nick Robinson (BBC) and staff from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust celebrate their HSJ Award success.