Last updated: 05.02.14

Finalists announced for the 2014 LEAN Healthcare Awards

Virtual College announces finalists for the Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards 2014

National online training provider and specialist in Lean Healthcare, Virtual College, has announced the list of finalists for the Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards to be held next month.

The Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards provide a platform for healthcare organisations to gain national recognition for improvement projects. A total of eight categories are included in the awards with three finalists competing in each.

The final part of the judging took place during December with an interview for each shortlisted candidate. Independent and NHS Lean experts made up the judging panel who were searching for inspiring projects that have delivered measurable and sustained improvements within their organisations.

Sue Bradbury, Healthcare Academy Manager commented: "In what has been a turbulent year for the healthcare sector, it is clear that there have also been some great achievements in healthcare innovation. The conference and awards are a platform to share and celebrate these success stories."

The Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards are the annual platform for sharing best practice and will be held in Leeds on Thursday 6th February 2014. The day will consist of lunch, an exhibition displaying best practice, networking, a series of workshop presentations, an evening dinner with guest speaker Professor Nick Rich (founder of the Centre for Lean Enterprise Application and Research) and awards presentations.

Embracing Technology Award South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Sustained Improvement Award Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Improving Services through Training & Development Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Health Education North West
Productive Series England National Institute Health Research Clinical Research Network
Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust
North Somerset Community Partnership
Productive Series International Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Sligo Regional Hospital, West North West Hospitals group
Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, Health Service Executive
Sharing Best Practice Award South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group
North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Best Impact on Patient Experience Award Midlands Psychology Community Interest Company
North Bristol NHS Trust
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Lean Champion Award NIHR Yorkshire Stroke Research Network
Heart of England Hub (MHRN) Mental Health Research Network
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Further details of the projects and organisations chosen as finalists can be found on the Lean Healthcare Academy website

For further information, please contact:

Sue Bradbury, Virtual College

Tel: 01943 885086


About Virtual College

Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.

Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 1.2 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 800 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.

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