Publish date: 17 March 2021

Over 4,000 attendees within the health and social care sector 'tuned in' to the first virtual HSJ Awards on 17 March 2021 to celebrate the dedication, innovation, and teamwork within the sector.

Hosted by comedian, actor and charity campaigner, Sir Lenny Henry, alongside award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Victoria Derbyshire, the evening celebrated the diligent and selfless work of NHS staff over the past 12 months – a year which has been one of the most demanding on record for the NHS.

Following an extensive judging process, undertaken by well-respected figures from across the healthcare community, West London narrowly missed out on the top prize, but were highly commended for a continuous journey of improvement over the last few years.

In 2015 the Trust was rated as ‘requires improvement’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), but is now rated as ‘good’. Our forensic services were rated as ‘inadequate’ but within three years had made the transition to ‘outstanding’, reflecting a trust-wide step change in culture, performance and ambition.

With over 1,000 nominations across all categories at the HSJ awards and 186 finalists, the Trust’s highly commended accolade is impressive in a shortlist containing eventual winners Hertfordshire Partnership University FT, Lincolnshire Partnership FT, Midlands Partnership FT, Somerset FT and Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Carolyn Regan, West London NHS Trust Chief Executive said:

“I’m so proud that we have been highly commended in the Mental Health Trust of the Year category by the Health Service Journal. The last year has been one we’ll never forget. This recognition is testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff in working together to deliver continual improvement for our patients. Thank you to them all, it’s official now – they’re amongst the best in the country.”

The HSJ Awards judges said:

“The West London team presented a clear vision as champions for parity of esteem; good system partners; and a focus on innovation with compassion. They demonstrated clear co-production and service user engagement; strong advocacy for mental health; collaboration to transform patient care; and improved level of confidence in the trust from key stakeholders. The arrangements in place to support BAME staff and patients were very impressive”.

See the full list of Winners and Highly Commended for the 40th HSJ Awards.