The hub is led by Ruth Keeler, BH&CP Workforce Business Partner and Vicky Lumley, Careers & Engagement Lead. Vicky and Ruth are up for the Widening Participation Partnership and Collaboration Award which recognises teams, partner organisations and stakeholders who have worked in partnership to develop programmes to widen access to healthcare education and/or employment.
It is also up for the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation Award which recognises individuals who make an outstanding contribution to widening participation work in the NHS or wider health sector.
Vicky and Ruth said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for both of these awards and are looking forward to finding out the outcome. The hub was created in January 2016 and since then it has been involved in 104 events across Cumbria and North Lancs. It has engaged with over 20,300 people at these events. It has also become the single point of contact for work experience across the Bay Health & Care Partners organisations, organising over 50 placements in the last three months.”
Vicky and Ruth will find out whether the hub has won the awards at the ceremony in London on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
The awards recognise the achievements in the health sector of outstanding widening participation partnerships, research and initiatives. They also celebrate the success of individuals from diverse backgrounds who go over and above to support this agenda across the health sector.
Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a real feather in the cap for Bay Health and Care Partners and reflects the strong partnership working between us. As one system, we will are working together to stop patients being unnecessarily ‘bounced’ around the system. We want patients to be seen in the right place, at the right time, by those best placed to help them.”
Bay Health and Care Partners represents 10 health and care providers including University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust delivering care across the Morecambe Bay area – all with a shared vision of helping our local communities enjoy great physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, supported by a health and care system providing care that is recognised as being as good as it gets.