HSJ Partnership Awards – Finalists for Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care

11th December 2023

HSJ Partnership Awards - Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care Finalist

NHS Transformation Unit and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB shortlisted for 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards recognising the most effective collaborations with the NHS

NHS Transformation Unit and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB are delighted to announce that the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board’s (ICB) Clinical and Care Professional Leadership Framework has been shortlisted for Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care 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 Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held next year (21 March), with its Clinical and Care Professional Leadership Framework standing out as a real ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist.

About the Project

As part of the move from local clinical commissioning groups to Integrated Care Systems, Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB commissioned NHS Transformation Unit to help develop a Clinical and Care Professional Leadership Framework, ensuring a full range of professionals are involved in decision-making. That work has now concluded.

Dr David Levy, the ICB’s medical director, said: “In 2021, NHS England and Improvement published guidance to support Integrated Care Systems transition to system working. This required the formation of a multi-disciplinary leadership model that will form a significant part of the decision-making process across the region, with experienced clinicians representing every strand of transformation and service development.”

 “The developmental work by NHS Transformation Unit included system-wide workshops being held to build upon early engagement, and a multi-professional steering group being created to provide strategic advice and oversight.”

 “Together, we developed a comprehensive multi-professional leadership framework, roles for appointment, and development framework, all adhering to national guidance, tailored to the requirements of the system and place.”

Sarah O’Brien, chief nursing officer for the ICB, said: “This was a really important piece of work, and the fact that it is a finalist in the ‘Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care’ category really reflects the success of our joined-up, collaborative approach.”

 “I’d like to thank NHS Transformation Unit for spearheading some vital aspects of the developmental work, and to all colleagues who have been involved, demonstrating how beneficial this multidisciplinary approach has been.”

Lucy Davies, the TU’s delivery director, added: “It is fantastic that our work is being shortlisted for one of the most prestigious industry awards. Just to be among the finalists is recognition for all the hard work of both our team and our NHS partners.”

 “Regardless of whether we win the award at the ceremony in March, we are pleased that this has highlighted the successful delivery of a major piece of work.”

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 NHS Transformation Unit and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB for being shortlisted in the category of Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care.

 “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/



For more information/media enquiries relating to the 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards, please contact Rebecca Bright via mailto:rebecca.bright@wilmingtonplc.com or tel: +44 20 7608 9056.

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


The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise the most effective collaborations with the NHS highlight the benefits which working with the private and third sectors can bring to patients and NHS organisations.

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