Innovative ways of working are making a real difference for patients in mid and south Essex and are catching the eye of judges as this years’ awards season gets under way.


Partners in Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System have won and been recognised in multiple awards in recent weeks for work that is making a real difference to our communities.

The Innovate Awards which are run by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and the NHS Confederation, held Thursday 21 September saw Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System win Innovative Health System of the Year. Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust also won the ‘Diversity in Innovation Award.

Dr Matthew Sweeting, Interim Medical Director, Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board said: “The growing number of people living longer and with long-term conditions is leading to ever-increasing demands on health and care services. Continued innovation is vital to enable us to meet these demands and continue to offer patients the support they need to live well.

“I’m very proud that within mid and south Essex we are at the forefront of some of these developments and that the hard work of teams within our health and care services is being recognised.”

Claire Turner, Learning Disability, Dementia, and Autism Service Lead at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Diversity in Innovation award. Working on the oVRcome project was an incredible experience, which gave us the opportunity to utilise VR technology to positively engage our patient population, supporting reduction of the fears and anxieties they have when using our services, resulting in better experiences and better health outcomes”

Local teams are also up for a number of awards in the HSJ Awards and the HSJ Patient Safety Awards, all feature shortlisted projects from this area.

The clinically led teams behind the projects will find out if they have gone on to win any of the awards at the awards ceremonies over the coming weeks.