VUIT HSJ Digital Awards
VUIT's Chief Operating Officer Adam Townsend, at the back of the group, is pictured at the HSJ Digital Awards, held in Manchester.

VUIT celebrates HSJ Digital Awards success alongside two local NHS trusts

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A Keele-based data specialist and two local NHS Trusts picked up accolades at this year’s HSJ Digital Awards. 

VUIT, which works with various health trusts and integrated care systems (ICSs) to improve patient outcomes, won the Generating Impact in Population Health through Digital award for its work with Black Country ICS and Walsall Together

The partnership has focussed 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 group was also highly commended in the Reducing Health Inequalities through Digital category. 

VUIT Chief Operating Officer Adam Townsend said: “It is fantastic to get national recognition for what we are doing and what the VUIT platform enables the NHS to achieve. 

“Hopefully this will be the springboard to achieving more success and working with more ICSs across the Midlands region.” 

Meanwhile, the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust’s Midlands Imaging Training Academy (MITA) at County Hospital, in Stafford, won the Enhancing Workforce Engagement, Productivity and Wellbeing through Digital award. 

The academy’s director Dr Ingrid Britton took the title of Digital Innovator of the Year. 

The UHNM Gastrointestinal Radiologist said: “I am thrilled that the hard working and deserving team behind MITA have been successful in these awards, and I am honoured to have been named as Digital Innovator of the Year.” 

UHNM HSJ Digital Awards
UHNM’s Midlands Imaging Training Academy picked up two HSJ Digital awards.

Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s (MPFT) digital team, won the Digital Clinical Safety Award and the Moving Towards Net Zero through Digital category. 

MPFT Chief Executive Neil Carr OBE said: “We are delighted to have received national recognition for the work taking place across the Trust to improve our services’ offer through digitisation. 

“The HSJ Digital Awards are held in great esteem and I’m very proud of our colleagues’ success which reflects the dedication and enthusiasm that they bring to their work to deliver the Trust’s commitment to enhancing care through digital innovation and sustainability. 

“Congratulations to the winners and those who were selected as finalists for awards – thank you for your continued hard work for the communities we serve.” 

MPFT HSJ Digital Award
Pictured from left to right with the Moving Towards Net Zero through Digital are: Martyn Perry, Nixy Samuel, Colin Jones, Navneet Kaur, Shaun Allcock, Haobo Wang and Akila Ahmed.

The awards – held in Manchester this year – celebrate the power of digital products, projects and services to transform care delivery, enhance efficiency and improve patient outcomes. 

Both UHNM and MPFT have also just been announced as finalists in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards taking place in Manchester in September.

A team of UHNM diversional therapists are shortlisted in the Patient Safety Pilot Project of the Year and the Improving Care for Older People Initiative of the Year categories, whilst staff in the Critical Care Unit are hoping to clinch the Harnessing a Home Factors Approach to Improve Patient Safety award.

Meanwhile, MPFT’s Diabetes 8 Care Team is a finalist in the Community Care Initiative of the Year category.

Hayley Johnson

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