Health trust up for two national awards

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The mental health trust which runs Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough has been shortlisted for two prestigious, national health awards.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust has made it to the finals of the Health Service Journal Awards 2012, which reward the best innovation, ideas and dedication found throughout the healthcare sector.

The 2012 awards received over 1,000 entries in thirteen categories. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys was the only trust in the North East and Yorkshire to be shortlisted in the Provider Trust of the Year category.

This award goes to a NHS trust with high quality, patient-centred care, which uses management and clinical information to drive improvement and involves its patients and the wider local community in shaping services.

The trust, which provides mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and eating disorder services across County Durham, the Tees Valley and most of North Yorkshire, prides itself on having a highly successful quality improvement system, which it says is crucial to its success.

Martin Barkley, chief executive, said: “Improving people’s lives is at the heart of everything we do and being shortlisted in these awards is a fitting tribute to our staff who work extremely hard to meet the needs of our service users.

“Our aim is to continuously improve the quality and value of what we do and to develop excellent services that exceed people’s expectations.

“This is a long term commitment, but we have already achieved a great deal and being recognised in the HSJ Awards shortlist is confirmation of our success to date.”

Chief executive Martin Barkley is also in the running in the Chief Executive of the Year award. The finalists will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 20.