North Central London Integrated Care Board is proud to reveal that the Haringey Great Mental Health Programme has been shortlisted for the Innovation and Improvement in Reducing Healthcare Inequalities category at this year’s HSJ Awards, recognising outstanding contribution to healthcare and earning the opportunity to showcase our achievements on a national platform.
Haringey’s innovative and ambitious Great Mental Health Programme, brought together system partners from the NHS, primary care, local authority and the voluntary and community sector, to address inequalities in mental health outcomes and experience faced by Haringey residents, particularly those from black and minority ethnic communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through bereavement, job insecurity and isolation.
Through a wide range of initiatives, including parenting support, befriending, wellbeing and social activities, bereavement support, physical health checks and out of hours crisis support, the Haringey Great Mental Health Programme aims to improve access to talking therapies and early help, as well as expanding the capacity of local voluntary and community sector organisations as trusted partners to deliver mental health support in their communities.
The prestigious HSJ awards recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare. Of the 25 categories, three are new for 2022, representing some of the recent challenges and triumphs within the NHS. These comprise new awards for Covid Vaccination Programme, Reducing Healthcare Inequalities and Performance Recovery Award.
Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 12 months, more than 1,000 entries were received, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist (from across 162 organisations). Following the thorough judging process, North Central London Integrated Care System was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 17th).
The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Sarah-Jane Marsh (Chief Executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); David Probert (Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust); Dr Bola Owolabi (Director Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Eugine Yafele (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust); Tracy Allen (Chief Executive Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust).
Rachel Lissauer, Director of Integration for Haringey, NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board comments, “We are immensely proud to have been shortlisted for the Innovation and Improvement in Reducing Healthcare Inequalities award. This recognition reflects the strong collaboration and commitment of all our partners in Haringey who are working together to tackle health inequalities and achieve real improvements in mental health care access, experience and outcomes.”
We have worked really hard as a local health and care system and through co-production with people with lived experience, to design and deliver mental health support that best meet the needs of our black and minority ethnic populations, who have been hardest hit by the COVD-19 pandemic.”
We will continue to build on the success achieved so far to ensure great mental health and wellbeing for our local people and communities.”
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds; “On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate North Central London Integrated Care System on being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Innovation and Improvement in Reducing Healthcare Inequalities. All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!
“Year on year the number of entrants continue to rise which I find so encouraging and is testament to the effect that HSJ Awards can have on improved staff culture and morale.
“We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service. But we never forget that the award ceremony is not just a celebration within a night, but a platform to recognise the hard work of all our NHS staff, all year round.”
The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th 2022.