CCGs hailed finalists for prestigious HSJ award

Friday, November 25, 2016

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were named a finalist at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award held at the InterContinental O2 in London on 23 November.

Their apprenticeship scheme with Hugh Baird College was shortlisted under the workforce category with ten other entrants across the UK.

The bespoke course designed and shaped by the CCGs with Hugh Baird College gave apprentices the chance to train whilst working in a GP practice to get the hands on experience that they need. Many of them still work in practice and some have gone on to complete further training.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs said: “We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the award, the team here worked so hard to design the course with Hugh Baird and all of the apprentices who took part have expressed how beneficial it was to them.

“In this climate where it isn’t that easy to source funding for further qualifications or to get jobs easily, they relished the opportunity and gave it their all. We are just happy that they found it so worthwhile. A big well done goes to all of the winners on the night, especially to London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the workforce category.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: "With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards were once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number."

Now in their 35th year, the most sought after accolade in British healthcare recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in NHS, and showcases them to the service’s most influential leaders.

To view a short video about the CCGs’ apprenticeship scheme please visit please visit:

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