Trust shortlisted twice as a finalist for the HSJ Value Awards 2021

Date: 25 March 2021

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that two of its teams – the MeFit prehabilitation service and the Emergency Department – have been shortlisted for the acute service redesign initiative category at the HSJ Value Awards 2021. This recognises the outstanding dedication they had given to making things better across their organisation during an extremely challenging year for the NHS.

The MeFit and our Emergency Department have been selected based on their diligence, ambition and the positive impact that the project has had within their wider organisation.  The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement for the Trust.

The MeFit service is a new, significantly expanded prehabilition service for Kent and Medway provided by the Trust. Staff from a range of services have come together to support patients before operations or cancer treatment, with individually design programmes of health improvement that include elements of exercise, diet and mental wellbeing. Prehabilitation support can help reduce the risk and severe complications occurring during and after a procedure, and help speed up recovery.

Our Emergency Department has worked on new ways of staffing the department, helping to retain staff; reduce vacancies and reliance on expensive agency staff; develop the skills and expertise of staff; and improve the care of people coming to A&E.

James Devine, Chief Executive at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have had not one but two teams shortlisted for the acute service redesign initiative award, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our teams over the last 12 months.

“We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients and the wider organisation even in challenging times, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  These shortlistings are a tremendous boost to both to our staff in the Mefit service and our Emergency Department. I am sure they will bolster our continued efforts to improve.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate Medway NHS Foundation Trust on being shortlisted in the acute service redesign category for the HSJ Value Awards 2021.

“This year’s finalists have not only contributed to the continued fight against the covid-19 pandemic within the NHS but have also been exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK. We are honoured to be recognising and celebrating their outstanding work after what is, no doubt, the most challenging year in the history of the NHS. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in June." 

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, second stage of judging ahead of the HSJ Value Awards 2021 awards ceremony. Held at Manchester Central at the end of June, the evening will provide a great opportunity for influential figures to unite and celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from within the NHS.

The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Value Awards can be found on https://value.hsj.co.uk/finalists-2021

  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that two of its teams – the MeFit prehabilitation service and the Emergency Department – have been shortlisted for the acute service redesign initiative category at the HSJ Value Awards 2021