Coventry and Warwickshire Hospitals shortlisted for national award

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NHS staff in Coventry and Warwickshire are benefiting from an innovative new scheme which has just been nominated for a national award.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, have been shortlisted for the national 2012 CIPD People Management Awards for their innovative work in merging the Occupational Health Services across the three Trusts.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Workforce Locality Stakeholder Board supports the development of the workforce for health services in Coventry and Warwickshire and this project was supported by them.

Traditionally Occupational Health Teams are responsible for supporting the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. Under the innovative scheme, UHCW hosts one Occupational Health Team which is responsible for all staff employed by the three Trusts. They advise and support staff on a range of issues from depression to upper limb disorders.

Previously there were three separate Occupational Health Teams working in each Trust. By merging the teams it reduces duplication of work and allows the team to provide a more staff–focused service over a range of sites which all staff can access.

The CIPD awards celebrate outstanding achievements in Human Resources and entries are from all sectors and disciplines. The next stage of the judging process takes place in early September where the winners will be decided by a specialist judging panel.

Ann Pope, Director of Human Resources at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is fantastic that the acute NHS hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire have been shortlisted for this award, this is truly partnership working to provide a better service to our staff, which will then in turn have a positive impact on Coventry and Warwickshire patients. This innovative project has key successes which will be able to be replicated by other NHS organisations.”

Ian Crich, Chief Human Resource Officer at UHCW NHS Trust said: “I am proud that the huge amount of effort given by all staff has been recognised on a national level and it is great to see this project come into fruition and carried out so successfully. The nomination for this national award is the cherry on the cake.”

Dorothy Hogg, Associate Director of Human Resources at George Eliot NHS Trust said: “We’re really pleased to be shortlisted for this award. This is a fantastic example of how you can streamline a function and continue to provide a high quality service to our staff.”