Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

07/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/08/2019 03:53

health and care champion award success

TAMESIDE and Glossop's pioneering work to improve the lives of local people has been recognised with two Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards.

Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Steven Pleasant MBE, Chief Executive at Tameside Council and Accountable Officer of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group jointly won the Leader Across Boundaries category for their transformational work to bring together health and social care.

Their partnership working has seen an improvement in joined-up services - putting the people of Tameside and Glossop at the heart of their treatment and care. The area became one of the first in the country to take this radical approach, which has now become a blueprint for visionary planning, and has been followed by other organisations across the country.

Tameside Council modern apprentice in the Carers Service, Sarah Brooksbank, won Apprentice of the Year. Sarah was recognised for making positive contributions to a wide variety of projects including creating a carers' pack to go out from GP surgeries and relaunching the Signpost carers newsletter. She also received glowing feedback for her customer services skills when she volunteered to be part of the meet and greet team at the opening of Tameside One.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: 'This is fantastic recognition for our pioneering and collaborative work in health and social care integration to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. It is a really positive reflection of everyone's work in the strategic commission and that of our partners at the hospital and I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment.

'Well done also to Sarah for her outstanding achievement, which exemplifies the personal dedication and commitment to improving local people's lives that I see in so many of our staff every day.'

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group joint Chair Dr Asad Ali said: 'This is a really exciting time for health and social care integration and I'm proud to see Tameside and Glossop showcased for this work, which is already making a real difference to transforming services and - importantly - improving the health and wellbeing of local people.'

The awards are organised by Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, the body that oversees the area's £6bn devolved health and social care budget, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.