Sefton CVS’s High Intensity Use of Services project gets shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023

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Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), NHS Cheshire and Merseyside in Sefton and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust are delighted to announce that the High Intensity Use of Services team have been shortlisted for ‘Best Not for Profit Working In Partnership With The NHS’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

The national healthcare sector faced innumerable pressures over the past 12 months – yet the standard and overriding positivity of the partnerships this year highlight the enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes.

Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award has given our team the confidence in our worthwhile project and has ensured that our lifesaving project is nationally recognised and the team’s efforts and relentless work is recognised.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognises and honours the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. This prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for Sefton CVS. The High Intensity Use of Services team have been selected based on their diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care industry. 

The High Intensity Use of Services project is a dedicated team with a wide range of skills and experience, working one on one with patients who are stuck in a revolving door of high intensity use of emergency services and non-elective admissions to A&E. Working in partnership with NHS Cheshire and Merseyside in Sefton and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, the project aims to reduce the number of inappropriate attendances to A&E and calls made to North West Ambulance Service through exploring the underlying reason for frequent attendances to A&E, signposting or referring to appropriate agencies that can support individual needs.

Gina Harvey, Reablement and High Intensity Use of Services Coordinator at Sefton CVS comments;“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Best Non for Profit Working In Partnership With The NHS’ recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our teams, to successfully implement the High Intensity Use of Services project. We are committed to tackling health inequalities and delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our NHS partner at Sefton CVS and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve.”

Dave Marteau, Commissioning Lead Urgent Care and Community Services for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside comments; “The HIU team support some of the most vulnerable and complex people in our communities and their compassion, inclusivity and resourcefulness is second to none.  The service is the glue that bring partners together to wrap care around our residents and literally changes people’s lives in Sefton.

“This is a true example of partnership working and how it can really work to help our residents and ease the pressures on local services”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate the High Intensity Use of Services team on being nominated in the category of ‘Best Non for Profit Working In Partnership With The NHS’ ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ Partnership Awards can be found at:

The selected winners will be announced during a private ceremony at Evolution London, on 23 March 2023.