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National workforce innovation award success for health trust

Posted onPosted on 12th Jul

The trust that runs Newark Hospital has won a major national award.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Proud2bOps were awarded the Workforce Innovation Award at the Health Service Journal Partnership Awards, which highlight contributions to healthcare innovation and partnerships between suppliers and the NHS.

Proud2bOps is a national supportive network of operational managers and leaders, working within provider health and care organisations — community, acute, primary, independent, voluntary and ambulance sectors.

The partnership award is presented to organisations providing a service to the NHS that demonstrates innovative use of an administrational or organisational product, which improves quality, safety and cost effectiveness of care.

Emma Challans, founder/chair of Proud2bOps and executive director of culture and improvement at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “I am proud and extremely privileged to receive this award. It is for every single operational colleague in Sherwood and across the country.

“For Proud2bOps to win the HSJ Partnership Award for Workforce Innovation is a significant milestone in recognising the hard work, dedication and enormous commitment that our operational teams give to our patients, families and their communities each and every day.

“Knowing personally the pressure that caring for patients in a timely, safe and effective way demands, and the enormous amount of change and uncertainty that Covid has presented in the last 16 months, Proud2bOps responded by amplifying its offer, reach and support to operational colleagues.

“Our safe, supportive and trusted network has grown from 15 members to over 600 provider operational managers and leaders nationally. Numbers are not a marker of success for Proud2bOps. Instead we pride ourselves on creating the conditions and space to have safe and supportive conversations where colleagues can share, learn, be curious and develop their skills as a leader and manager of patient care.

“Proud2bOps is a movement and our aspirations for the future are to continue to raise the profile of every operational colleague to energise, connect and develop them as a compassionate, adaptive and creative leader.
“I would like to thank our members, partners and, importantly, our believers. This award is for you all, and please continue to be proud to be an operational leader and professional.”