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HSJ Awards: North East London wins big

Partners from across the North East London Health and Care Partnership were recognised in the 2022 HSJ Awards on Thursday 17 November. After 14 projects in the region were shortlisted for the Awards, three went home winners from the ceremony.

The City and Hackney Place-based Partnership, in collaboration with NHS North East London, East London Foundation Trust, Homerton Healthcare Foundation Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, London Borough of Hackney and the City of London Corporation, has won the Place-based Partnership Award for an Alliance Model of Dementia Care from diagnosis to end of life.

The integrated service oversees the care for all patients in the City and Hackney who are diagnosed with dementia, backed by a shared digital care plan. By taking a collaborative approach – involving GP practices, hospital trusts, the voluntary sector and local authorities – it ensures patients receive care ongoing and timely support from their named health professional.

Praising the work, judges said it was clear the partnership “has a real sense of place, community and purpose” and that its collaborative approach was underpinned by “a relentless focus on a clear goal, a real passion to work with people and communities”.

Dan Burningham, Mental Health Programme Director for C&H and NHS North East London, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award. Dementia often doesn’t get the attention it deserves and this is a wonderful way of recognising the years of hard work and passion that all the partners have put in to create a truly integrated local partnership. The model was conceived by really listening to the voices of service users and carers, who helped the Alliance form a very clear vision to deliver personalised dementia care without gaps.

As the judges acknowledged, our work is making a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their families – from diagnosis to end of life. Our aim to build on this work and deliver further improvements in care.”