HSJ Partnership Awards – Finalists for Diagnostics Project of the Year

11th December 2023

HSJ Partnership Awards - Diagnostics Project of the Year

Echocardiography Recovery Plan shortlisted for 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards Diagnostic Project of the Year

NHS Transformation Unit and Cheshire and Merseyside Acute and Specialist Trusts Collaborative (CMAST) are delighted to announce that the Echocardiography Recovery Plan has been shortlisted for Diagnostic Project of the Year at the HSJ Partnership Awards recognising an outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

Now in its seventh year, 228 entries have been received for this year’s Partnership Awards, with 188 projects and individuals meriting inclusion on the final shortlist, The high volume – and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed across the UK’s healthcare system.

Following the thorough judging process, NHS Transformation Unit and CMAST was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held next year (21 March), with their Echocardiography Recovery Plan standing out as a real ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist.

About the Project

The C&M Diagnostic Programme is part of CMAST, a core component of this programme is focused on reducing waiting times for key tests which assess the function of an organ. Echocardiograms or “echos” are a type of ultrasound scan. A small probe is passed over a patients’ chest to create a moving image of the heart. Echos help to detect damage following heart attack, heart failure and other significant heart problems.

NHS Transformation Unit was contracted to support the C&M Diagnostics Programme as to support improving echocardiography services, standardise system processes, address the patient backlog and reduce disparities in access. The TU worked across C&M to design and deliver the Echocardiography Recovery Plan, which achieved a post-covid record number of patients seen within 6 weeks.

Statement from Tracey Cole, C&M Diagnostics Programme Director

“The TU were able to bring together a number of strands of work to form an all-encompassing recovery plan. Putting the plan into action has resulted in a very positive difference for a large number of patients in our region who were awaiting this critical test”.

Statement from Lucy Davies, Delivery Director, NHS Transformation Unit

“We are delighted that our work in partnership with the CMAST Diagnostics Programme Team has been shortlisted for Diagnostic Project of the Year! This recognition also reflects the incredibly hard work of all the front line clinical and operational teams who delivered improvements in waiting times across the system.” 

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds; “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge the NHS Transformation Unit and CMAST for being shortlisted in the category of Diagnostics Project of the Year.”

 “The calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over. However, it’s always important to remember that the HSJ Partnership Awards are not just a celebration of success stories, but also a platform to shape the future collaboration within the NHS.”

 “We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in March and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on March 21st 2024.

The 2023 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Tosca Fairchild, Chief of Staff, South East London ICB, Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive, Mid and South Essex NHS FT, Shabina Azmi, Chief Pharmacist, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB, Professor Edward Kunonga, Director of Population Health Management, NENC ICB and NECS, as well as a range of esteemed healthcare leaders from across the UK.

The full list of nominees for the 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards can be found at https://partnership.hsj.co.uk/



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About NHS Transformation Unit

NHS Transformation Unit (TU) is a team of transformation specialists, working alongside health and care clients to deliver major change programmes since 2015. We work in partnership with our clients to transform care and health outcomes for people and communities, empowering change from within. We deliver strategic transformation, for the NHS, by the NHS. NHS Transformation Unit is part of Midlands & Lancashire CSU.

For more information, contact NHS Transformation Unit by email transformationunit@nhs.net or visit our website www.transformationunit.nhs.uk


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