Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) has been short-listed as a finalist in the prestigious Guardian’s Public Services Awards 2012, it was announced today.
The awards celebrate the very best in innovation, creativity and excellence in service delivery across local government, the health sector, and wider public services.
The Trust has been short-listed in the ‘Community Engagement’ category for the work of its Healthy Communities Cancer Collaborative, a community based project which is working with local residents across Liverpool to reduce the number of deaths caused by lung, bowel, and breast cancer.
The project was originally launched in 2008, in response to the fact that Liverpool had the highest lung cancer mortality rate in Europe, as well as mortality rates for bowel and breast which were also much higher than national average.
Since then, it has supported a significant rise in the number of people attending their GP practice with the early symptoms of cancer, leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Tina Davies-Taylor, Senior Project Manager for the Trust’s Public Health Team says, “Our whole team are really excited to have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s Guardian Public Services Awards, which are widely recognised as one of the most high profile national awards for public sector services. Even just to be short-listed is a huge accolade for us.”
Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive of Liverpool Community Health added, “I am absolutely delighted with the news that one of services has been shortlisted for these awards, which recognise best practice nationally.
“As a Trust, our aim is to deliver high quality health care services which make a genuine difference to our communities, and the Healthy Communities Cancer Collaborative team have really excelled at that. My congratulations go out to the whole team for their commitment and hard work.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony which takes place on Tuesday 20 November, at the Locarno Suite in London.