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University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) is one of the organisations which has made the national HSJ awards shortlist.

Awards shortlisting for NHS Trusts and data specialist  

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Two local NHS Trusts and a Keele-based data analytics specialist have made the shortlist of the national HSJ Awards. 

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), Midlands Partnership University Foundation Trust, headquartered in Stafford, and VUIT, a company which has been working with health trusts and integrated care systems (ICSs) to help the NHS improve patient outcomes, are all in the running for a host of accolades at the HSJ Digital Awards being held in Manchester in June. 

The annual awards celebrate the power of digital products, projects and services to transform care delivery, enhance efficiency and improve patient outcomes. 

UHNM’s Midlands Imaging Training Academy (MITA) at County Hospital, Stafford, is shortlisted in the categories of Digital Team of the Year and Enhancing Workforce Engagement, Productivity and Wellbeing through Digital, whilst its Director Dr Ingrid Britton is in the running for the title of Digital Innovator of the Year award. 

The UHNM Gastrointestinal Radiologist said: “I am thrilled that the hard working and deserving team behind MITA have been shortlisted for these awards and I am honoured to be shortlisted among colleagues across the country as innovator of the year.” 

The training facility means one consultant can simultaneously train and supervise learners across a number of regional academy sites, giving other consultants more time to spend with patients. 

Midlands Partnership University Foundation Trust is shortlisted eight times in six categories. 

Accolades the trust is in the running for are the Digital Clinical Safety Award, the Digital Literacy, Education and Upskilling Award, Digital Organisation of the Year, Digital Team of the Year, Improving Back-Office Efficiencies through Digital, Improving Mental Health through Digital and Moving Towards Net Zero through Digital. 

The nominations relate to projects including its Digital Transformation Strategy, work to digitise and move Staffordshire Community Dental Services to net zero and its Electronic Prescribing Service. 

As previously reported by Daily Focus, VUIT brings NHS healthcare data to life through interactive charting and has been working with the Black Country ICS and Walsall Together on a Population Outcomes Framework and digital tool to support partnership decision making and measure the impact of transformation initiatives in delivering population health and wellbeing outcomes. 

The tool has enabled the partnership to identify priorities for health inequality investment that address the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. 

VUIT Chief Operating Officer Adam Townsend said: “We are proud to be partnering with the Black Country Integrated Care Board and Walsall Together every day but especially when we have been shortlisted for not one but two HSJ Awards. 

“Enabling partners with our outcome framework is really important to us and seeing it put into practice both within the ICS and in particular in Walsall is an amazing thing for the VUIT team to be part of.” 

Hayley Johnson

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