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Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Wins Prestigious HSJ Award

Alder Hey wins at the 2014 HSJ AwardsAlder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust has won the ‘Improving Care with Technology’ Award at the 2014 HSJ Awards.

The winners of the 2014 HSJ Awards were announced on 19th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

The awards were created in 1981 to recognise, on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

After review by esteemed judging panels, made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust won in recognition of their outstanding work. The judges said “The winner was really impressive with multiple projects undertaken offering real value and engagement with all partners.”

Alder Hey has formed a partnership with BT and set up a dedicated innovation service, staffed by a team of clinicians, executives and project managers. The service involves developing technologies to improve care, focusing on patient experience; telehealth; digital testing grounds; technology in innovation; and stand-alone software.

Iain Hennessey, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Alder Hey, said: “This award is fantastic recognition of Alder Hey’s dedication to improving the care of children and young people. We are incredibly proud to win this award. It’s quite unusual for a hospital to have a dedicated clinical innovation service and we are currently working on developing technology that could really make a difference to a patient’s experience and to those who are providing their care.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The 2014 HSJ Awards will be the largest celebration of healthcare excellence held in this country within living memory. The awards champion innovation and endeavour in over 150 NHS organisations, while the 22 category winners have been chosen by 84 judges working over a total of 500 hours. The NHS is constantly in the news – and often for the wrong reasons – but the HSJ Awards are a powerful reminder of why Britain’s health services are the envy of much of the world”.

Now in its 33rd year, the 2014 event saw a record number of entries, with over 500 different organisations entering.

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