Hospital team wins equality and inclusion award at influential event

Published 09.03.2023

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion – North West Anglia has been honoured with an NHS Trust of the Year award at a ceremony in London.

Firmly established as the premier awards for diversity and leadership in the UK, the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards sees Britain’s most influential ethnic minorities gather to celebrate and recognise the country’s most enterprising and talented high achievers.

The event brings together key influencers, celebrities and many more from the world of politics, business and the public sector.

And in an evening which saw Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Arsenal FC chief executive officer Vinai Venkastehsam win awards for their roles in promoting and delivering EDI, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust was recognised for its own achievements.

Just a handful of team awards were handed out in the 24th annual GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards, celebrating the best of ethnic minority talent and thought-leadership.

A team representing Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon and Stamford and Rutland Hospital collected the award on behalf of the Trust at the high-profile, glittering ceremony and gala dinner at The Plaza Hotel in London’s Westminster.

The inspiration for the team award came from the Trust’s deputy chief operating officer Pradip Karanjit, who was originally nominated as an individual finalist for his leadership in healthcare.

However, judges felt that the entire team should share in the recognition.

Pradip said: “We are very proud at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust to embrace all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion right across our teams. Winning this award gives us an excellent springboard to continue with this when recruitment more staff; ensuring our hospitals remain a true representation of current society.

“Our patients can see that we are meeting and understanding their needs, and that the Trust is a reflection of the society we live in. This is powerful message not only to our patients but to our existing and future staff - and this award gives us an even bigger platform to deliver on these important themes.”

Attending the ceremony alongside Pradip were; Joanna David, Anaesthetist and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Staff Network; Bharat Patel, Deputy Divisional Operations Director – Surgery; Dale Travis, Deputy Director of Strategy and Transformation; Arpit Patel, Associate Divisional Director Musculoskeletal; Adam Jeffries, Transformation Programme Manager Planned Care and Raj Thirunageswaram, Assistant Director of Allied Health Professionals.

From medicine, the arts, law and the uniformed services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy, the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards spotlights remarkable people from all walks of life and who contribute in many fields.

Peterborough City Hospital, Rutland and Stamford Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon are all part of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Pic cap: North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust – winners the GG2 Team of the Year Award. Pictured left to right are … Dale Travis, Pradip Karanjit and Joanna David.

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