The 'highly commended' certificate received at the HSJ awards

NHS GM’S People and Culture Function Receives High Commendation at the 2023 HSJ Awards

NHS GM’s People and Culture function is delighted to announce that members of their team have been highly commended in the Workforce Initiative of The Year category at the 2023 HSJ Awards – the annual initiative which provides a platform to share success stories across the health and social care sector, as well as helping to shape the future of the NHS.

The team received their highly commended recognition for their unique piece of work on the cost-effective way of recruiting differently into the health and care sector. It was a collaborative effort, working with the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) and numerous other partner organisations. Earlier in the year this work was also a finalist in the Working Smarter award by the Healthcare People Management Awards (HPMA).

The HSJ Awards took place on 16th November, at Evolution London. This year the event was supported by headline partner, Vodafone Business and was hosted by legendary comedian, Matt Lucas, who led the way in celebrating the commitment of hard-working teams and individuals across the UK and their ongoing efforts to deliver improved patient outcomes.

The HSJ Awards is undoubtedly the most esteemed accolade of healthcare excellence in the UK – and this year was no exception. Not only did the event showcase examples of best practice and innovative drivers of better service, but it also encouraged 1800+ attendees to celebrate the 75th birthday of the NHS with their peers and to enjoy a collective and well-deserved ‘pat on the back’!

This year, a record-breaking 1456 entries were received, with 223 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist, following two rounds of rigorous judging. To receive any sort of recognition is fantastic due to the high calibre of entries.

The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community. All finalists and winners were judged set against 5 clear criteria; ambition; outcome; spread; value and involvement (including how well stakeholders buy-in and contribute towards the project initiatives and outcomes).

The team at NHS GM, were highly commended for their alternative approach to recruiting into the Health and Social Care Sector. They were able to successfully plan and deliver large-scale recruitment events to recruit local talent differently and be cost-effective.

Sue Howard, Head of Workforce Development at NHS GM said, “We’re totally thrilled to have been highly commended in the Workforce Initiative of the Year category. The positive collaborative atmosphere has made this experience a real pleasure, working with Donna McLaughlin and team at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, and our other partner organisations. The outcomes from the recruitment events, and feedback received, was reward enough. But to then get recognised with two award nominations, reaching the final for both, and high commendation from the HSJ is the icing on the cake.”

Donna McLaughlin, Director of Value Social Creation at the Northern Care Alliance said: “The NCA is delighted to have worked with our system partners and NHS GM to create inclusive community recruitment events. The philosophy being let’s go into our communities and help people either get a job in health and social care or a plan for a job through training or work experience by direct engagement rather than filling in forms!”

Editor of the Health Service Journal, Alastair McLellan comments: “What better year than the 75th anniversary of our wonderful and world-leading NHS to be able to applaud all those who were highly commended at the 2023 HSJ Awards.

“Huge congratulations to NHS GM and welcome to the HSJ Awards alumni.”

The full list of Winners and those Highly Commended for the 2023 HSJ Awards Awards can be found at

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