18 Mar 2021

NHS St Helens CCG and St Helens Borough Council are delighted to announce that St Helens Cares was highly commended for the Health and Local Government Partnership Award at the 2020/21 HSJ Awards, recognising their outstanding contribution to integrated health and social care.

St Helens Cares was shortlisted despite the tough competition from over 1000 entries and was  selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the work has had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.  

The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.

St Helens Cares is the place-based approach to health and care developed to enable health and local government to work together to tackle deficits and improve outcomes for residents. 

St Helens Cares brings key partners together to deliver integrated services aimed at using resources within budget to improve the lives of people who live in the borough – with a key focus on people who suffer from mental health issues, frailty and people with respiratory conditions – and prevention of these high on the agenda.

Mark Palethorpe, Accountable Officer for NHS St Helens CCG and Executive Director of Integrated Health and Social Care for St Helens Borough Council, said:

“We are delighted to have been acknowledged at this year’s HSJ Awards with highly commended which recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members to successfully implement the work of St Helens Cares. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for the people of St Helens, and to be given highly commended in this category among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.

“This will be a tremendous boost to staff at all the organisations who make up the St Helens Cares partnership - which goes beyond NHS and local government partnership working - and also involves the third and voluntary sector, housing, Police and Fire as well as other public sector partners who all work together for the good of our local health and wellbeing and to deliver positive outcomes for the people of St Helens.   I am sure this will bolster our continued efforts to improve our services even further going forward. 


Councillor Marlene Quinn, Cabinet Member for Integrated Care and Health at St Helens Borough Council, added: “For our residents, St Helens Cares has already made a huge impact by combining the expertise and knowledge of our partners to create a system that works with them to provide the right level of support. We’re immensely proud of the results that have been achieved through this innovative model of service that is improving our resident’s lives and being highly commended at the HSJ Awards is a further recognition of the outstanding work being done by a dedicated workforce across partners.”

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.