Poverty Proofing© Health Settings shortlisted for national NHS Award

NHS Award

Children North East is delighted to announce that Poverty Proofing© Health Settings has been shortlisted for ‘Most Impactful Project Addressing Health Inequalities’ at the national HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS. The shortlisting is alongside long-term collaborators of the project Child Health and Wellbeing Network and North East and North Cumbria ICS.

The national healthcare sector has faced innumerable pressures over the past 12 months and this year the Awards seek to highlight the quality and impact of partnerships across the NHS in the face of challenges.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for Children North East. Poverty Proofing© Health Settings has been selected based on their diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the healthcare industry.

Poverty Proofing© Healthcare is a community-consultation research model supporting healthcare settings to understand and mitigate the impact of poverty on engagement with and outcomes of healthcare. Unseen barriers to participation are identified through explorative conversations with individuals living in poverty and professionals, alongside an audit of processes and policies. Learnings inform recommendations and best practice shared with leaders and managers to enact change. Training is also delivered to staff, empowering them to integrate ‘Poverty Proofing’ into daily decision-making. 

The outcome is sustainable, systemic change that reduces health inequalities caused by poverty. 

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate Children North East on being nominated in the category of ‘Most Impactful Project Addressing Health Inequalities’ ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.” 

The winners will be announced on 23 March 2023.