SATH Wins National Award for Community Engagement

The Trust which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals has scooped a national award for the work it does with the communities it serves.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), has been crowned the 2019 Engagement Champion by engagement specialists, MES.

The award recognised the Trust’s People’s Academy and Young People’s Academy, which were set up last year to help people gain an insight into the NHS and how it works in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

The People’s Academy involves attending four sessions over four weeks, and includes presentations, behind the scenes visits, demonstrations, activities and opportunities for participants to ask senior staff questions.

The Young People’s Academy is a one-day course aimed at people between 16 and 25-years-old, and is a condensed version of the People’s Academy. It also includes an opportunity to talk to SaTH’s work experience and apprenticeship teams.

Kate Ballinger, Community Engagement Facilitator at SaTH, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the national Engagement Champion award from MES. They are the only people who award specifically for engagement and for our People’s Academy and Young People’s Academy to be recognised is really special.

“This award belongs to everyone who has helped to create and deliver the academy sessions, and I would like to thank them all.”

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance at SaTH, said: “SaTH is incredibly committed to working hand in hand with our communities to give them a voice to make sure that we deliver the very best healthcare for them.

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