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HPFT shortlisted for HSJ Mental Health Trust of the Year Award

18 Nov 20

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is delighted to be a finalist for Mental Health Trust of the Year, in this year’s national Health Service Journal Awards (HSJ) which recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare. HPFT has been selected based on our ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact on service user and staff experiences.

HPFT has a clear vision and strategy, with our service users always at the heart of everything we do. We place quality, safety and experience as top priorities, driven through our values and behaviours. These values were developed collaboratively with over 800 service users, carers and staff and were fundamental to being rated as ‘ Outstanding’ by the CQC in 2019. All our significant achievements so far are the result of a huge joint effort, together.

HPFT’s Chief Executive, Tom Cahill said: “Being shortlisted for Mental Health Trust of the Year recognises the tremendous hard work of all our amazing staff, who are working in partnership with our service users, carers and other organisations to innovate and keep improving our services.

“We are keen to share some of the challenges and highlights that have underpinned our “Good to Great” journey so far and to celebrate what can be achieved by working together, “As One”. We will keep learning with and from others to ensure we continue building on our success and improving the experiences and lives of the people who need our care and support.”   

HPFT’s Chair, Chris Lawrence is leaving HPFT on 31 December, when his term of office comes to an end after eight years with the Trust. Chris said: “It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work alongside all my HPFT colleagues and partners on this improvement journey. I am over the moon to see our achievements being recognised in this way – huge congratulations to everyone and thanks for all their hard work!”

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 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.

The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found here. Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.

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