Barnsley Hospital Trust is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Connecting service and Innovation category at the HSJ Awards 2021. This recognises the Trust’s outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist. The volume and standards of applications has been a true testament to those health and social care staff, who continue to push outstanding work and transformational projects across the sector.

The judging panel was once again 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); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).

Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Barnsley Hospital Trust was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 18th). Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the Oxygen Supply during Covid-19 project was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the project continues to have on both patient and staff experiences.

The project was about addressing the supply of oxygen to patients became a critical issue during the pandemic. Oxygen treatment was a key part of care for patients with Covid-19 or admitted with respiratory concerns, as such the demand for oxygen tripled.

Given the surge in demand and limited capacity/supply of oxygen, the Trust required real time data at a patient by patient level. The existing systems didn’t allow for this reporting or management of the oxygen supply. The Trust established a multi-disciplinary team to create a new system in a few short weeks, enabling the trust to maintain the quality of patient care.

Associate Director Of Estates and Facilities Rob McCubbin said: “We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for the HSJ connecting services and innovation. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts and dedication of our colleagues who have worked so hard to successfully deliver effective oxygen supply during Covid-19 project. Knowing that there was such stiff competition this year really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved and the nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at the trust.

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Barnsley hospital trust on being nominated in the category of connecting services and innovation, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2021.