Award successes for health informatics staff

HI awards photo​The hard work and dedication of our health informatics staff has seen them beat off stiff national competition to secure an award win and the chance to bring home a further five awards later this year.

The overall aim of the following information and technology projects is to make sure we can deliver the very best care to patients and that our services and staff are able to work in the most efficient and effective ways.

Digital Health Awards 2018

Ella Worsdale, head of information, has been crowned future digital leader of the year at the recent Digital Health Awards ceremony. Ella has been hailed as an excellent role model who is trying to bring about culture change for good. Congratulations!

Well done to following staff who were nominated for a digital health award: Clare Woollam, Erica Fairweather, Joanne Casey, Julie Siddall and Sue Bennett.

Women in IT Awards 2018

Ella, along with her colleagues Rickaia Brown and Rabia Bilal, has also been shortlisted for a 2018 Women in IT Excellence Award.

Ella has been shortlisted in the digital leader of the year category. She was nominated for her work developing more efficient and effective processes within the Trust's information department, for rolling out Tableau across the Trust (an electronic data tool) and for leading an information culture project to help teams better understand the data about their service.

Rickaia, e-rostering project manager, has been shortlisted in the rising star category. She was nominated for her fantastic work around resolving complex data issues with the child health information system. This system records immunisations and vaccinations for children in the boroughs of Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Trafford.

Rabia, systems developer, has been shortlisted in the software engineer of the year category. She was nominated for developing clinical forms in the PARIS electronic patient record system. The software supports frontline staff to deliver clinical care and eliminates the need for paper records.

The overall winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 28 November.

2018 UK IT Industry Awards

A further success has seen the health informatics department shortlisted for two awards in the 2018 UK IT Industry Awards, run by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT and Computing.

Chris Reynolds has been shortlisted for the chief information officer of the year award. This is in recognition of his leadership within the health informatics department and across Greater Manchester.

Key achievements include leading on improved ways to roll out new technology, securing more than £1million of funding from Greater Manchester and producing an impressive health informatics strategy, which has become a blueprint for all Trust strategies.

The department has also been shortlisted for the best not for profit IT project of the year award, thanks to work around improving community clinical recording and information sharing within the Rochdale borough Children’s Acute and Ongoing Needs Service.

Led by technology programme manager Suzanne Brook, this involved developing sharable forms to allow clinicians to access patient information quickly. It also allows information to easily be shared with other Pennine Care teams – where appropriate and necessary.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 14 November.

Photo captions

  • Top photo: Pictured left to right are Ella Worsdale, Rickaia Brown and Rabia Bilal​
  • Bottom left photo: Pictured is Chris Reynolds
  • Bottom right photo: Pictured is Suzanne Brook