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Press release – August 16 2023



A pioneering partnership between providers of health and social care services across Herefordshire has been shortlisted for top honours in the prestigious 2023 Health Service Journal Awards.

The One Herefordshire Partnership brings together Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire General Practice, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust NHS Trust and Wye Valley Trust NHS Trust in a unique collaboration which is benefiting the local population.

While each organisation maintains its own responsibilities, through the Partnership organisational boundaries become meaningless with a keen focus on providing services tailored to meet local people’s needs, irrespective of which organisation provides them.

The One Herefordshire Partnership has been shortlisted in the Place-based Partnership and Integrated Care Award category. This category highlights best practice with regards to delivering local health and care services with local service providers working in an integrated way to provide outstanding healthcare to meet the specific needs of their local communities.

Examples of the work undertaken by the Partnership include: the development of a Community Integrated Response Hub that coordinates urgent and longer term support for people at home joining together GP’s, community nurses and therapists and social care reablement services; working with local nursing homes we have reduce emergency admissions to hospital for care home residents by 50 per cent and working with communities to prevent ill health and reduce health inequalities.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition for the Partnership which is based on collaboration and working closely together to design and deliver integrated care for the communities we serve in Herefordshire,” said Jane Ives, WVT Managing Director and chair of the partnership.

Herefordshire’s health and care partners developed integrated working and local decision making during the pandemic and they have now formalised the arrangement which is going from strength to strength.

A “record-breaking” 1,456 entries have been received for this year’s Awards, with 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlist, making it the biggest awards programme in the award’s 43-year history.

The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed within the UK’s healthcare networks.

As one of the finalists, representatives of the One Herefordshire Partnership will be invited to the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 16).

“Whatever the result ‘on the night’, we already feel like winners for getting this far and are so proud to have the opportunity to share our success with colleagues from across the entire sector, as well as showcasing everything we’ve learnt through bringing the One Herefordshire Partnership to life,” added Jane.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, said: “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge for being shortlisted in the Place-based Partnership and Integrated Care Award category.

“It’s been so encouraging to hear that 2023 has been record-breaking in terms of the number of applicants and, as ever, the calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over.

“However, it’s always important to remember that the HSJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS.

“We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector.”


Notes to Editors WVT:

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928


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