EEAST projects celebrated on national stage

HSJ Awards 2019

Two initiatives taking place at EEAST have been recognised on the national stage, after being named as finalists in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2019.

We were shortlisted in the Reservist Support Initiative category for the help we offer to reservist staff, and in the health and Local Government Partnership category for our work with North East Essex CCG on the North East Essex falls early intervention vehicle (EIV).

The projects went through three stages of judging to qualify as finalists, but were pipped to the post for top spot when the awards ceremony took place earlier this month.

Our shortlisting in the Reservist Support Initiative category, came after we introduced a range of initiatives to help reservist staff balance their military and civilian commitments, in turn helping them develop transferable skills which bring benefits to patients.

They include providing reservists with an additional two weeks of paid leave each year so that they can complete their military training, as well as putting support in place to safeguard their wellbeing and emotional health.

In addition, EEAST has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and last year became only the third ambulance trust to receive a gold award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, for the outstanding support we show to armed forces veterans, reservists and their dependents.

The EIV was shortlisted as a great example of joined up working between health and social care, which is helping to reduce conveyance rate for falls and reducing Emergency Department attendances, by helping people to remain in their own homes wherever possible.

For more information about the winners, visit:

Published 20th November 2019

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