The Morcambe Bay CCG was the winner of the prestigious Lord Carter Award for Innovation at the Hospital Innovations annual conference in London on June 6, which also celebrated IHEEM’s 75th anniversary.

Presented by IHEEM President Pete Sellars (centre), standing in for Lord Carter, the citation for the Award referred to the CCG’s work in “leveraging innovative patient flow technology to deliver efficient, integrated health and social care across an STP region.”

The Lord Carter Award rates several criteria in judging entries including the use of innovative practices in delivering substantial savings, efficiencies and carbon reduction to a trust as well as by introducing new engineering innovative technologies. The award also looks at evidence of transformation of staff practices through the introduction of new technology or innovative working procedures.

There were some 15 trusts from across England shortlisted in all and placed second was Ashford and St Peters NHS Trust for its ASPH IMSK  service and in third place was Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for its energy project.