Cheshire and Merseyside win big at the HSJ Awards 2022

NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside are celebrating multiple wins at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards 2022.

More than ten Cheshire and Merseyside NHS organisations were nominated in the 2022 awards with two successfully winning the award in the category they were nominated in.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust took home the Mental Health Innovation of the Year award for their work on Dynamic Support Database (DSD).

The DSD clinical support tool was developed within the Cheshire and Wirral NHS Foundation Trust to support the flow of information to commissioners in a standardised and consistent manner. The tool comprises of 19 items. The scores are weighted to reflect the extent to which each question is an indicator of increased risk of admission. It provides an overall RAG (red, amber, and green) rating which reflects current levels of risk of admission to inpatient services. Both child and adult versions of the tool are available.


Tim Welch, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“On behalf of everyone at CWP I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Dynamic Support Database – Clinical Support Tool project. Everyone at the Trust is extremely proud of their achievement.

“Their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of people in the neurodivergent community sets a very high standard for everyone working in health and social care. Ensuring we offer the best possible care to the communities we serve is the number one priority at CWP, and this project extends that philosophy to the whole of the North West and beyond.”

The Children’s Hospital Alliance, which includes Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, took home the trophy in the Performance Recovery Award category.

This was for their work in National Paediatric Accelerator: Recovery Programme, which is an initiative to tackle waiting lists and develop a blueprint for elective recovery. The paediatric programme has five objectives and has developed campaigns, such as the #NHSSuperSaturday collaboration. Two ‘Super Saturdays’ trialled innovative approaches and delivered over 2,000 additional hospital procedures in 2021.

The ‘Civic Blueprint’, developed by Cheshire and Merseyside ICS and One Liverpool Partnership, was ‘highly commended’ in the Using Data to Connect Services Award category.

The programme was designed to help other integrated care systems close the gap between data and action to enable better health and care. It is based on collective experience and learnings gained over the past two years and includes three key elements, one of which is the population health management system, Combined Intelligence for Population Health (CIPHA).

Other Cheshire and Merseyside organisations shortlisted

  • Acute sector innovation of the year - Alder Hey Children's Hospital, BrillianSee Transparent Facemask
  • Driving efficiency through technology - North West Ambulance Service, Building a Smart, Connected Ambulance Station
  • HSJ partnership award - Patchwork Health and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals, Establishing the North West Collaborative Bank - the largest in the UK
  • Innovation and improvement in reducing health inequalities - Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Bronchiolitis Parent Champions in the Community
  • Military and civilian health partnership award - University of Chester, Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans
  • Patient safety award - Alder Hey Children's Hospital, BrillianSee Transparent Facemask AND North West Ambulance Service Trust, Ambulance Handover Improvement – Continuing against all odds and sustaining the gain
  • Staff wellbeing - Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Improving Culture and Wellbeing: Be Civil, Be Kind
  • Towards Net Zero - Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, Greener FootPRINT Project
  • Trust of the Year - Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital