HSJ partnership award winners

UHNM, in partnership with Sodexo, has scooped a coveted HSJ Partnership Award at a ceremony in London.

The award was in the 'Facilities Management Supplier of the Year' category, and  highlights continued partnership working between UHNM and Sodexo.

The merger between the former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and University Hospital Of North Staffordshire Trust in 2014 presented many challenges, including for its facilities management supplier.

Sodexo provides soft Facilities Management (FM) services across UHNM and hard FM services to the PFI site: providing a high standard of services and patient care has been important through the merger and beyond. Sodexo and UHNM has achieved above average PLACE results but has also focused staff on what they would want for their own family through a "My Mum" initiative and improved staff engagement. Partnership working has driven over £5m of cost improvements.

The judges felt that there was genuine evidence of partnership working, and evidence of close nursing staff involvement.

Lorraine Whitehead, Estates, Facilities & PFI Director, said: "This award is testament to the continued hard work and co-operation between UHNM staff and Sodexo colleagues. There have been lots of challenges since integration, but the commitment towards providing an excellent service for our patients has shone through and we're delighted to have received this recognition."