Publish date: 24 June 2022

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care FT has been shortlisted for six prestigious national healthcare awards which recognise the innovation, care and dedication of staff and teams during the recent challenging times.

The Digital Health Service has been shortlisted in the two categories at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, for outstanding contribution to health and care for the Tameside and Glossop population. The service has been shortlisted in the Community Care Initiative of the Year and the Virtual or Remote Care Initiative of the Year categories.

Digital Health launched in 2017 to provide a new way of providing healthcare to care-home residents and supporting community services respond to urgent care needs for care-home residents.  Using digital technology, the Service allows staff to access nurse specialists for advice, guidance and care before considering calling an ambulance or GP.

The Paediatric webinar to support the safe and effective delivery of Covid 19 Vaccinations to 12–15-year-olds has been shortlisted in the category of Patient Safety Education and Training Award . The team developed an education package delivered virtually, with training designed and developed with safety at the forefront of the Vaccine Programme. Originally developed at a local level, the training has been successfully rolled out and shared both regionally and nationally.

The Healthcare People management Association Team of the Year is the fifth shortlisted  category for work to support the Covid 19 Vaccination programme across Greater Manchester.  The Trust volunteered in November 2020 as lead employer and has provided a range of services form recruitment, training, rostering and payroll to enable staff who joined our workforce bank to work in a number of clinical settings across the region.

Sixth and finally is the grandly titled Greater Manchester Un-registered Vaccinator Super-user Pilot which recognises the deployment of unregistered vaccinators across Local Vaccination and community pharmacy sites. Due to the success of the initial pilots, and requests for ‘pop-up’ facilities, an opportunity arose to develop a further pilot which helped ensure the people of Tameside and Glossop were able to be vaccinated.

Trust Chief Executive Karen James OBE says to be shortlisted in not one but six categories in one of the toughest years in the health and social care sector, demonstrates how the organisation continues to champion patient safety, innovation in healthcare and community-based care amidst challenges that the health and social care sector is facing. 

She says; “ Our Trust has been shortlisted despite the tough competition from hundreds of applicants. Our teams, working with the Greater Manchester Workforce Bureau have been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector. I couldn’t be more proud of them and the service they provide for our patients and their families.”

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place as part of the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Manchester and Birmingham in September.