Health and care partners in the county are delighted to announce that One Gloucestershire ICS has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘Integrated Care System of the Year’ category at the HSJ Awards 2021.

The awards will recognise the outstanding contribution to health and care during an exceptional and challenging 18 months.

The Gloucestershire award entry ‘Integrated Working During COVID-19’ sets out the remarkable contribution and joint working over this period from health and care professionals on the frontline and in support services.

It recognises the strength of the One Gloucestershire partnership including the vital role and work of public health, social care, local councils and those in the voluntary and community sector.

Building on the strong bedrock of partnership working in Gloucestershire, health and care staff and partners worked swiftly, tirelessly and co-ordinated their efforts to:

  • Provide quality public health intelligence to support the response
  • Ensure the continuation of essential services
  • Develop practical and innovative solutions in service delivery – including use of technology and use of the healthcare estate
  • Support the county’s most vulnerable through a ‘joint hub’ approach to community support
  • Design and implement a unique and highly successful community model for delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme for communities and staff.

One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) lead and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Accountable Officer, Mary Hutton said:

“This is testament to every single health and care professional, volunteer and community partner who stood shoulder to shoulder to support the COVID-19 response, provide essential and compassionate care for all those who needed it and helped to keep our communities as safe as possible.

The fact that together we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award underlines what has been achieved during a period of unprecedented challenges and everyone who works under the ‘One Gloucestershire’ banner should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Deborah Lee said:

“The One Gloucestershire spirit has been felt right across our hospitals and across all parts of the health and care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the extraordinary pressures, dedicated professionals have looked to one another in our health and care family to collaborate and provide the very best care they can under very challenging circumstances. They should all share the credit and recognition for this award shortlisting.”

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Paul Roberts said:

“A great many of the county’s health and care staff and partners were at the sharp end of the COVID-19 pandemic response and showed great determination, courage and flexibility to put service users and communities first.

We always knew that Gloucestershire was a special place for partnership working and despite the tragedy and loss inflicted by COVID-19, kindness, professionalism and co-operation has shone through and made such a huge difference to the lives of so many.”

Primary Care Network representative on the Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) Board and local GP, Dr Jeremy Welch said:

“This has been a really tough year for all, but despite the challenges, hardship and loss, the pandemic has brought out the best in the health and care community, with joined up planning and care at the heart of our local response in Gloucestershire. This shortlisting is a fitting tribute to everyone who has played their part.”

Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne said:

“I am so pleased to hear this news that recognises the incredible work of our health and care partnership during this, most challenging, year.

Whether it is the remarkable efforts of front-line health and care professionals, public health, support services, voluntary and community partners and local councils, we want to say a massive well done to all involved in caring for local people and our communities.

Whilst recognising everyone’s exemplary efforts, we also remember all those who have suffered and continue to struggle as a result of the impact of COVID-19.”

HSJ editor, Alistair McLellan, commented:

“On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate One Gloucestershire ICS on being shortlisted in the ‘Integrated Care System of the Year’ category, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Gloucestershire’s entry was one of those that ‘stood out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants. One Gloucestershire ICS’s entry was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact on both patient and staff experiences.’

The official awards ceremony is to be held later this year in London on 18 November.