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North East Lincolnshire CCG up for three NHS awards

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NELCCG) is pleased to announce their Service Lead for Carers and Communities, Nicola Pullman, has been short-listed as a finalist for three NHS Regional Leadership Recognition Awards 2014.

The three awards are: ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’, ‘Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Inclusivity Leader of the Year’.

The awards, hosted by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber in Leeds, seek to recognise exceptional leaders who make change happen and deliver excellent healthcare and leadership.

Nicola was nominated by colleagues for all three awards, primarily for leading the re-tender of the Carers’ Support Service (CSS). To support the procurement, Nicola created a unique partnership, drawing together colleagues from NELCCG, North East Lincolnshire Council Children’s Services and Drug and Alcohol Action Team, members of NEL carers’ forums, and volunteers from NEL’s wider population of carers. 

A total of 20 professionals and carers participated in the procurement partnership. Many participants had no previous experience so Nicola offered a full training programme. Her training and mentoring enabled the equal participation of carers and professionals, both in evaluating submissions and interviewing tenderers. Thanks to Nicola’s inclusive vision, the new CSS has largely been chosen by, and for, carers. 

The procurement partnership oversaw the successful launch of the new CSS on 1st April 2014. The chosen provider operates the service seven days a week, and provides valuable support to over 1200 carers. The service is highly rated by carers and professionals alike, and is a tribute to Nicola’s commitment to putting carers at the heart of her work.

Huge congratulations and good luck to Nicola for being short-listed.  NELCCG has every faith in her winning at least one of these prestigious awards!

Jake Rollin, Assistant Director of Care and Independence at the NELCCG said: “I am delighted that Nic has been selected as a finalist for these three important awards. The people of North East Lincolnshire are very lucky to have Nic as one of their commissioners as she has both the professional skills to deliver brilliant outcomes for people, but also has the capacity to care and understand the care system from the point of view of the user.  Nic is one member of a very strong commissioning team, and I’m sure other colleagues will have the opportunity to be nominated in the coming months as we begin to deliver many other improvements and developments to the local care system.”

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