Teesside Trust Awarded Education Accolade

A Teesside based health care trust has been named winner of the ‘Investment in Training Award 2019’ at the Hartlepool Business Awards.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust collected the accolade at an event held on Thursday 16th May at the Borough Hall, a grade II listed building at the Headland in Hartlepool.

The celebration is held annually in Hartlepool and recognises businesses, community groups and other organisations who contribute to the ambitions and prosperity of the region. It was attended by over 300 delegates who enjoyed an awards dinner and entertainment from comedian and magician, Pete Firman.

Speaking about the win, Gary Wright, Deputy Director of Workforce Development for the organisation said ‘our Trust has worked closely with other organisations over the course of the past year. By creating partnerships with key providers, namely Hartlepool College of Further Education in this instance we have been able to launch an apprenticeship programme which is bespoke to health care and population health outcomes for the people who live across the Tees Valley.

We firmly believe that future proofing our staff and services by way of investment in education and development will help us to retain both our positive reputation, and the colleagues we employ to drive the ambitions of the Trust’.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust were awarded a ‘GOOD’ status by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2018, and the Trust has plans to build on the work to date, with a bid to obtain an ‘OUTSTANDING’ rating in the future.

Julie Gillon, Chief Executive comments ‘this award from within our own business community further heralds our commitment to partnership working across Hartlepool. We are dedicated to making the communities we work within stronger and fit for the future. By investing in our staff, with the support of our community partners we can build a health care provision that will continue to reflect change and demand on our services. From our links with the education community, through to our ongoing relationships with the local council, these partnerships are vital for sustainability’.

The Hartlepool Business Awards are delivered annually and presented by Hartlepool Business Forum, hosted by Andy Steel, Business Awards Co-ordinator. The eleven award categories presented are sponsored by the business community and range from ‘Best Small Business’ through to ‘Business of the Year’.

Gary Wright concludes ‘this is a real testament to the hard work of our education team. They are tireless in their pursuit to bring opportunity to our Trust. Huge congratulations to all involved in making learning such a priority for their colleagues’.

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