Urgent care service wins prestigious NHS 70 award

The trust’s urgent care service has won a prestigious regional award as part of the NHS 70 birthday celebrations.

The service has been recognised with the regional Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

The service was nominated by local MPs Alex Cunningham, Mike Hill and Paul Williams.

The service opened in April last year with centres at both the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

This innovative service is available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It brings together GP out-of-hour’s service and minor injuries.

Chief executive Julie Gillon said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for such a prestigious award.

“We are extremely proud of the high quality care we provide as part of our integrated urgent care service. The innovative alliance model we have with the regional ambulance service and the local GP federation has proved to be a huge success.

“Over the last year we have consistently been one of the top performing health trusts in the country for emergency care. This is in no small part down to the success of our urgent care service. Patients are being cared for in the right place at the right time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“There is so much truly fantastic work going on across our trust as well as across the whole NHS – we are proud to have been recognised and supported by our local MPs.”

The ten individuals and teams chosen as regional champions will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, it asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.

From 217 entries, senior experts have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

NHS England Regional Medical Director, Dr Mike Prentice said: “Picking champions from the dozens of high quality nominations we received from local MPs was incredibly difficult, so all of those going forward to the national ceremony should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

NHS Improvement Regional Medical Director, Dr Vincent Connolly said: “I was impressed by the high standard of all the entries we received in the North, the ones we put forward are really the best of the best. I’m sure everyone will be rooting for our regional champions when the national winners are decided.”

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