15 September 2011,

NHS Hull Highly Commended at HSJ Efficiency Awards

NHS Hull has been recognized at the inaugural Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards 2011 held at the Hilton Hotel in London on Wednesday 14th September.

Championing innovation in efficiency in the health sector, the awards saw NHS Hull highly commended in the category 'Efficient in Estates Management' for its work to maximize the functionality and utilization of its primary care estate.

Louise Ramsay, NHS Hull's assistant director of facilities, said: "We are thrilled to have been commended by industry experts for overhauling our approach to estates management. We recognised the need to drive out organizational inefficiencies and also put space utilization under the spotlight. To this end we have worked extremely hard internally and with partner organizations, particularly Citycare, to ensure our estate is fit for purpose and delivers best value for money.

"Our award submission focused on the development of a robust in-house system of accommodation identification and a planning and allocation process established by our Facilities Development Manager, Anne-Marie Moore, which is in line with commissioning strategy and plans, service needs, cost effectiveness and statutory requirements."

Alastair McLellan, Editor of Health Service Journal, said: "The judging panel and I were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of entries for these new awards, proving that efficiency lies at the heart of today's health sector. NHS Hull has demonstrated exceptional cost savings and efficiencies, without sacrificing its impeccably high standards of patient care."