Woolpit Health Centre and NHS West Suffolk CCG are delighted to announce that the COVID vaccination drive through has been shortlisted for Primary Care Innovation of the Year at the HSJ Awards 2021, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.
Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist. The volume and standards of applications has been a true testament to those health and social care staff, who continue to push outstanding work and transformational projects across the sector.
The judging panel was once again 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); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).
Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Woolpit Health Centre and NHS West Suffolk CCG was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 18th). Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the COVID vaccination drive through was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on both patient and staff experiences.
Around 4600 local people received their COVID vaccination at the drive through events.
Dr Richard West MBE, GP at Woolpit Health Centre comments, “We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for Primary Care Innovation of the Year. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts and dedication of our colleagues who have worked so hard to successfully deliver the COVID vaccination drive through. Knowing that there was such stiff competition this year really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved and the nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Woolpit Health Centre and NHS West Suffolk CCG.”
Richard Watson, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This recognition is certainly well deserved. It is an excellent example of partnership working between Woolpit Health Centre and the CCG, and also more widely highlights the incredible work of primary care teams across the patch who have been doing so much to support people’s health and wellbeing, despite the very big challenges they face. Well done to everyone at Woolpit Health Centre, we are proud of everything that you do.”
HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Woolpit Health Centre and West Suffolk CCG on being nominated in the category of Primary Care Innovation of the year, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.
“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.
“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”
The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2021.