‘Collaborative Newcastle’ initiative to improve health and wellbeing in the city shortlisted for national Health Service Journal 2023 Award

Collaborative Newcastle, an innovative partnership which aims to transform the health, wealth and wellbeing of people living in Newcastle upon Tyne, has been shortlisted in this year’s Health Service Journal Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare.

The ‘Learning to Lead Together’ project is part of ongoing work to bring together knowledge, expertise and resources from across public and third sector partners, to enhance and improve health and care, as well as growth and prosperity in the city.

Many Newcastle residents who need to access support, care or another kind of help may find themselves in contact with a number of departments or teams, sometimes in different organisations across the city.

Through ‘learning to lead together’, different partners providing that care or support are showing more can be achieved, to improve lives and opportunities, by planning and working in a coordinated way, sharing information and agreeing joint goals across organisational boundaries.

The project will go forward to a prestigious national awards ceremony in London later in the year.

Martin Wilson, chief operating officer of Newcastle Hospitals and chair of Collaborative Newcastle, commented:

“This is fantastic recognition of the work being carried out by our partnership to improve the lives of people living in the city.

“Newcastle has a wide range of health and social care challenges, some of which are complex and long-standing, involving a range of different services.

“The ‘learning to lead together’ approach was established right at the start of our Collaborative Newcastle partnership, in 2019, because it’s only by coordinating what we do – in the short, medium and longer term – that we can have the most impact.

“We believe it’s long-term relationship building that changes culture and behaviours, embedding a truly collaborative approach, and we’ve now had over 200 clinical and managerial leaders participate in workshops and development sessions to find joint approaches to addressing our shared priorities.

“I’m delighted that everyone’s hard work and dedication is being recognised on a national stage.  Being shortlisted in these awards is an excellent achievement, especially given the numbers and high standard of entries, and we’re proud to have this opportunity to share our success with colleagues from across the healthcare sector.”

A record-breaking 1456 entries were received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with only 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlists, making it the biggest awards programme in the awards 43-year history. The high volume and quality of entries mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.

HSJ editor, Alastair McLellan, added; “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process. This year is no exception as we acknowledge Collaborative Newcastle for being shortlisted in the Place-based Partnership and Integrated Care category.

“The calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over. However, the HSJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS.

“We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16th 2023. The event will also serve as a timely and well-deserved thank you to the sector during the 75th anniversary year of the NHS.

The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ awards can be found at https://awards.hsj.co.uk.


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