A project to procure (purchase) integrated urgent care services for the Yorkshire and Humber region has been shortlisted for the System Leadership Initiative of the Year category at this year’s HSJ Awards.

The project was led by Greater Huddersfield CCG on behalf of 21 Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England, and was supported by Attain Health Management Ltd, an independent health advisory and delivery organisation.   It used a competitive dialogue procurement with central governance arrangements and decision making and was designed to procure a new 24/7 service to provide the region’s population of 5.4 million with access to clinical advice and treatment when they have an urgent healthcare need.  A five year contract was awarded earlier this year to Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

The HSJ judging panel shortlisted the project based on the ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.

Martin Pursey, Head of Contracting and Procurement at NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, which is the lead commissioning organisation for the service, commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the award which recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of colleagues over the last 12 months to successfully implement Integrated Urgent Care (111) services in Yorkshire and Humber. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes across our region and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to Greater Huddersfield CCG and colleagues involved in the process and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve our services”.

Maninder Singh Dulku, Associate Director at Attain and project lead with the CCG commented: “We are proud to have supported Greater Huddersfield CCG and other commissioners within the Yorkshire and Humber region with their strategic ambitions to ensure patients and communities experience fully joined-up care and develop the NHS 111 service to deliver truly integrated urgent care that improves health and wellbeing”.

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, commented: “We would like to congratulate Greater Huddersfield CCG and Attain Health Management Ltd on being nominated in the category of System Leadership Initiative of the Year ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector. The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 6th.