Hospital trust in contention for prestigious award

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DERBYSHIRE Community Health Services NHS Trust could be in line for a prestigious national award.

The trust is a finalist for the Trust of the Year award at the Health Service Journal’s 2012 Awards.

The Trust, which runs community hospitals and health services across Derbyshire, is also in line for a Good Corporate Citizenship Award for being environmentally-friendly.

Its green initiatives include reducing carbon emissions and other energy saving schemes, such as installing solar panels.

The annual Health Service Journal Awards are recognised across the NHS as a badge of excellence and are designed to celebrate NHS organisations that raise the standards of healthcare in the UK.

Tracy Allen, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to be named as finalists twice this year, including for the title of Trust of the Year.

“It reflects the hard work and commitment of everyone who works for the Trust to give our patients the best possible care.”

Finalists for the award are required to demonstrate how they support the health and wellbeing of the area they serve, as well as minimising financial and environmental costs.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust was nominated for the award because of its Good Corporate Citizen and Carbon Management Programmes.

Winners of The Health Service Journal Awards 2012 will be announced at a ceremony on 20th November.