A partnership between health commissioners, hospital, community and GP services in Bury has been announced as one of 10 North-West champions for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards, which celebrate outstanding health and care staff.

Bury Integrated Community Cardiology Pilot is a partnership between Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation (part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and was named the North-West winner of the Excellence in Health Care Award.

Bury’s community cardiology service model was developed in partnership to improve access and outcomes for patients with a range of cardiovascular conditions. The development saw waiting times improve, reduced referral to treatment times, treatment closer to home, and a range of other benefits for patients and those working in cardiology services across Bury. Its success is being presented as a model of good practice for other NHS services around Greater Manchester to follow.

Tim Gray, Interim Divisional Clinical Director, Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation said: “I’m very proud to be part of a wide team of dedicated and caring professionals working together to improve services and make life better for people with cardiovascular diseases in Bury. We know that our sickest patients are seen more quickly and by the best person, and we have received excellent feedback about the changes we have made to the local healthcare system, which is very rewarding. All the partners feel honoured to be nominated for this award.”

The regional champions will now go head to head with other winners from across the country for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on 10 July.

Hundreds of examples of staff who go above and beyond the call of duty including doctors, support workers and volunteers who make a genuine difference to the people they care for were nominated by their MPs.

Bury Integrated Community Cardiology Pilot was nominated by Bury North MP, James Frith.

Launched in March, the NHS called on MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health and care services in their constituencies across ten categories.

England’s top nurse and leading the national awards ceremony this year, Ruth May, said:
“A huge congratulations to all those who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the NHS as well as making a genuine difference to the patients they care for. It will be a tough task selecting our overall winners – I look forward to hearing more about their fantastic achievements and celebrating with them all at the national award ceremony.”


Photo caption: Members of the Bury Integrated Community Cardiology Pilot project team, pictured at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury.

Hi-res available on request.

Notes for Editors

About the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

  1. The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
  2. The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is one of the largest NHS Organisations in the country, serving over 1 million people. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and healthcare services.
  3. The NCA oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities. Each Care Organisation and hospital sites has its own leadership team led by a Chief Officer and consisting of a Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Finance Director.

About Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

  1. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high-quality mental health, learning disability and community health care for adults and children across Greater Manchester. They work in six boroughs; Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside & Glossop, Stockport and Trafford.

NHS England manage the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

About NHS England

  1. NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England – setting the priorities and direction, encouraging and informing the national debate to improve health and care.
  2. The NHS in England deals with over 1 million patients every 24 hours and employs more than 1.5 million people, putting it in the top five of the world’s largest workforces NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. It strongly believes in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.