News posted 6 April, 2023

MFT wins HSJ partnership award

The Primary Care Heart Failure Project, which includes MFT, has been crowned the winner of the ‘Most Impactful Project Addressing Health Inequalities’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS. This is a collaborative project involving a number of NHS organisations and was originally successfully piloted in Greater Manchester.

Winners in a total of 21 categories, were announced during a ceremony at Evolution London, on 23 March 2023, hosted by comedian Joel Dommett. The event was attended by over 900 guests, bringing together national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate the crucial contributions of the private and third sector within the NHS. The evening celebrated the achievements of a total of 141 finalists.

The Health & Care Act cites collaboration and partnership working as the key success factor for the future sustainability of the NHS. The HSJ Partnerships Awards are therefore not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our integrated health and care system.

The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, recognises and honours the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. Entering and ultimately winning an Award shines a light on Dr Niall Campbell at MFT and the Primary Care Heart Failure team’s role in strengthening the healthcare system. This accolade also validates the importance of this project and gives the team the confidence to continue its tireless work.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector.

The service is designed to reduce the barriers that exist in managing complex patients with heart disease. It reduces inequalities and minimises variation in treatment according to where people live. The service identifies a ‘missed cohort’ of people in GP surgeries with heart disease who are under-treated, enabling them to access the latest specialised treatments from the community.

Dr Niall Campbell, Consultant Cardiologist at MFT said:

“We are delighted to be the winners of the prestigious ‘Most impactful project addressing health inequalities.” The project was born and bred in Greater Manchester – it is very good to have watched its successful roll-out UK-wide and to see the difference this is making. This award recognises the work of MFT and other organisations to find and help people with heart disease who have previously missed out on receiving gold-standard therapies, many of whom are from our disadvantaged communities.

We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be included in the category among the other incredible nominees is a real achievement. To actually win a renowned HSJ Partnership Awards feels like a stamp of approval for the work that we strive to deliver and is recompense for all the hard work of both our team at MFT and our other collaborators. We will move forward in our work with an extra sense of pride and a continued commitment to improve.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“The national healthcare sector faced innumerable pressures over the past 12 months, yet the standard and overriding positivity of the partnerships yet again this year highlights the enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes. So, we’re delighted that Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust (and its partners) have been announced as winners in the category of “Most Impactful project Addressing Health Inequality” at this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. The project stood out in an outstanding field of nominees, each showcasing the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector today. Well done Niall Campbell and MFT – all credit to you and your team – you can be proud of all that you’ve achieved.”.