The Trust which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals has won two titles in the prestigious Chartered Governance Institute Awards.
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust Deputy Company Secretary Paul Denton was named Governance Professional of the Year, beating rivals from across the globe for the title. The judging panel described Paul as a: "valued team member undertaking a very challenging role in what is a particularly difficult time for the NHS". They highlighted how he is: “passionate about what he does, living and breathing governance, and offers both practical and emotional support to others.” Paul's work to develop the understanding and management of risk, including his efforts to raise awareness that responsibility for risk goes far beyond the Trust board, was also commended by the panel.
In addition, the Trust won the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Award for the development and implementation of our Ordinary Residency Policy. Ordinary residency checks are a legal requirement that NHS care providers have to fulfil in order to check that patients are eligible for free NHS treatment. In developing the new policy, Trust Diversity and Inclusion lead Simon Howard actively involved patients from our Black, Asian and European communities, plus harder-to-reach groups such as refugees and asylum seekers to tackle the inadequacies of the previous policy and process, which had been previously been highlighted as invasive, and restrictive by service users.
Louise Tibbert, Chief People Officer for the Trust, said: “We are proud of these two great achievements by our staff – particularly as both awards demonstrate the success of our work to fully involve patients and staff in some key decisions and policy-making.”
The Chartered Governance Institute Awards were held in an online ceremony that took place on Thursday 26 November. More details are available on its website.
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