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NHS Newham programme shortlisted for prestigious award

Research by UEL's Institute of Health and Human Development  recognised 

By Lee Pinkerton

A programme to improve health and wellbeing in Newham, underpinned by research from the University of East London (UEL), has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Newham Partnership Programme has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year award.

The HSJ recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcases them to the health service’s most influential leaders. This year, the HSJ awards received 1,500 entries spanning 22 categories.  The winners will be announced on 22 November.

Launched in 2013, the Newham Partnership Programme aims to accelerate understanding of how to improve the health of people in Newham and put ideas into practice to make a real, long-term difference.

Focusing on local health priorities including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and GP (general practice) development, the programme has successfully developed and implemented a range of initiatives which are improving the lives of those in Newham and beyond.

Two of these health projects were initiated by UEL’s Institute of Health and Human Development (IHHD). One project examined the issue of low-birth weight of babies born in Newham and the other addressed the issue of the highly mobile nature of patients in the borough (also known as ‘churn’) and the problems that presents in relation to their health care. 

Professor Angela Harden, director of IHHD, said: “We are delighted about Newham CCG’s nomination. We’re especially pleased that two IHHD projects – 'Low Birth-Weight in Newham' and 'Dynamic Populations' - have contributed to the Newham Partnership Programme.” 

Commenting on the award shortlisting, Steve Gilvin, Chief Officer of Newham CCG, said: “We’ve been working hard in Newham to understand how we can effectively improve the health of those in our community. This unique programme has brought together academics and health professionals to develop and implement interventions that are making a real difference for Newham residents. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award and have our work recognised in this way.”