Winners of NHS Wales Awards 2019 announced

Nine awards were presented to organisations across Wales for their innovative work that has transformed the experience and outcomes for people in Wales.

Some of the winning projects include a Motor Neurone Disease Care Network, Trauma Risk Management Service and the Learning Disabilities dream team.

The winners came from all across Wales and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust won the Outstanding Contribution to Transforming Health and Care Award.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething said:

“Each year I’m overwhelmed by the dedication, ingenuity and drive of our NHS staff to make a positive change on behalf of the people of Wales. Given the unprecedented uncertainty that we are living through the need for hope and inspiration is even greater than usual. The awards are a celebration of your commitment and hard work. I extend my congratulations to each of the winners and finalists. Thank you for continuing to be a beacon of hope and inspiration.”

Twenty four projects were selected as finalists and the nine winners of the NHS Wales Awards 2019 are;

Delivering higher value health and care

•    Hywel Dda UHB - Implementing Healthy Footsteps a Partnership Approach with Podiatry and the Education Programme for Patients (EPP) in Hywel Dda  

Delivering person-centred services

•    Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust - Welsh Ambulance Service Non Emergency Patient Transport Service End of Life Care Rapid Transport Service 

Empowering people to co-produce their care

•    Hywel Dda UHB - The Learning Disabilities Dream Team  

Enriching the wellbeing, capability and engagement of the health and care workforce

•    Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust - Trauma Risk Management Service 

Improving health and wellbeing

•    Swansea Bay UHB; Swansea Council - To Reduce Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Penderi Cluster, Leading to Implementation and Review of ‘Primary Care Child and Family Wellbeing Service’ 

Improving patient safety

•    Aneurin Bevan UHB - #ShareforcareWales: Reducing Health Acquired Pressure Ulcers across Aneurin Bevan University Health Board  

Providing services in partnership across NHS Wales

•    Aneurin Bevan UHB; Cardiff and Vale UHB; Swansea Bay UHB; Hywel Dda UHB; Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB - South Wales Motor Neurone Disease Care Network  

Working seamlessly across the public and third sector

•    Hywel Dda UHB; MIND Cymru; Department of Work and Pensions - Working Collaboratively to Improve Vocational Outcomes for Individuals Accessing The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service 

Outstanding Contribution to Transforming Health and Care Award

•    Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust - Welsh Ambulance Service Non Emergency Patient Transport Service End of Life Care Rapid Transport Service

The NHS Wales Awards are organised by 1000 Lives Improvement, the national improvement service for NHS Wales.

The Awards were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS and recognise and promote good practice across Wales.

This year’s awards were sponsored by Life Sciences Hub Wales and ABPI.

To read more about all the winners visit