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HSJ Awards 2014- Board Leadership winner

Winner: Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust


  • Hertfordshire Partnership University Trust – winner
  • Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust – highly commended
  • Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group

Hertfordshire Partnership University Trust

The judges praised a “strong commitment to equality and diversity that is having a real impact on service delivery” as well as “excellent use of feedback”.

The board of the Hertfordshire Partnership University Trust has seen strong results from the implementation of a strategy developed with service users, staff, commissioners and others.

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It set a vision of becoming the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country, and to this end, it set eight goals.

These goals included being both an employer of choice and a provider of choice. To support the goals five core values were agreed: welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional.

A major programme of staff engagement was run by the board and an inclusion team set up. Staff were identified to support men; women; older adults; young people; those from minority ethnic backgrounds; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and gypsy and traveller communities.

The board set out to ensure individuals suffering mental ill health were treated equally to those with physical illnesses.

At the end of 2013/14, the trust was fully compliant with all essential Care Quality Commission standards and Monitor targets, and in a healthy financial position. Patient and staff survey results have improved in key areas.