ESBT shortlisted for prestigious Health Service Journal awards

The East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Alliance and ESBT Alliance partner projects have been shortlisted for prestigious national Health Service Journal awards, which recognise innovations and successes in healthcare.

Those shortlisted are:

  1. The East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Alliance – which brings together prevention work, primary and community care, social care, mental health, acute and specialist care across East Sussex – has been shortlisted for the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government Award. By working together, the Alliance has made significant improvements in care pathways across health and social care. The Alliance is made up of five local partners: Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG; Hastings and Rother CCG; East Sussex County Council; East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT); and associate partner Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT)
  2. ESHT’s Project SEARCH, an NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme, is designed to give young people with learning difficulties or disabilities the skills to gain competitive paid employment. This has been shortlisted for the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government Award
  3. ESHT’s Doctors’ Assistants programme for developing non-registered staff to work alongside doctors has been shortlisted for the Workforce Award. This programme has been pioneered at the Trust to help free up doctors so they spend less time on admin duties and more time with patients
  4. SPFT’s i-Rock project in Hastings has been nominated for the Innovation in Mental Health Award. i-Rock is a drop-in centre for young people aged 14-25, where they are able to come and seek support for a number of things including mental health, wellbeing, housing, employment and education. Since opening in July 2016, the service has seen over 370 young people, 35% of whom said that they would not have accessed other services had i-Rock not been there for them.

Dr Adrian Bull, ESHT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to receive nominations for these prestigious national awards. It is recognition of the innovative work being undertaken here in East Sussex to provide high quality care to local people.” The Health Service Journal awards are a much sought-after accolade in British healthcare recognising, celebrating and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS.

Winners will be announced on 22nd November at the HSJ Awards Ceremony in London.