National healthcare awards success for local hospital group

Date published: 27 March 2021

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s (NCA) Equality and Diversity team and its Freedom to Speak Up team have both been recognised in a highly prestigious national healthcare awards ceremony organised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

The Equality and Diversity team received a Highly Commended HSJ Award in the NHS Workplace Race Equality category for its work delivering a number of programmes focused around workforce race equality in public sector organisations in Greater Manchester, including the Police, Fire, Local Authorities, NHS Organisations and a number of third sector partners.

The second accolade went to the NCA’s Freedom to Speak Up team, which was a HSJ Award Finalist in the Freedom to Speak Up Organisation of the Year category.

This award recognises organisations that drive "speaking up" culture in order to have a significant impact in the workplace.

The NCA brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts and operates hospitals and community services in Oldham, Salford, Bury and Rochdale.

Naheed Nazir, Group Associate Director Inclusion and Engagement said: “Winning a Highly Commended award shows how hard we have worked here at the NCA, and with our partners, and our commitment to diversity in the public sector.

"There is still work to do, and we will continue raising awareness of equality, diversity and human rights issues in the NHS and public sector.

"I am very proud of everyone who made this team such a success.”

The HSJ Awards 2020 were hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire.

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