Suffolk GP groups up for award

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Two clinical commissioning groups in Suffolk have been shortlisted for the prestigious Health Service Journal 2013 awards.

The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and NHS West Suffolk CCG, the local GP-led organisations responsible for commissioning most healthcare services, have been shortlisted in the category Staff Engagement – developing partnership arrangements between employers and trade unions.

The award, which is sponsored by Unison and Managers in Partnership, recognises that a valued workforce is more productive and performs better. The award is about recognising good staff engagement and effective partnership working with the unions.

Amanda Lyes, chief corporate services officer for both CCGs said: “Our staff play a vital role in delivering the very best health care services to local people, helping to plan and monitor services under the clinical commissioners lead. Over the last year we have worked hard to engage staff, with invaluable advice and support from unions, to make sure we take steps to improve staff health and wellbeing.”

George Shepherd, national officer for Managers In Partnership, the trade union for healthcare managers said: “It makes my role a pleasure when you have employers such as Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and West Suffolk CCG who embrace the true meaning of partnership working, where, as trade unions, our opinion and joint working ethos is respected and seen as an asset.”

The winner will be announced on November 19.