22nd July 2014 - SWFT Clinical Services announced as National Business Awards finalist

SWFT Clinical Services has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise of the Year for the 2014 National Business Awards. SWFT Clinical Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and all profits made by the company are reinvested back into NHS services.
It was the first of its kind to be awarded the social enterprise mark and it operates across a number of markets including private health, training and pharmacy services.
Going up against City Health Care Partnership and seven other finalists they will compete for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards on 11 November in London.
Katy Jones, Director Financial Advisory & Capital, Clearly So, judge for the category said: An NHS subsidiary, SWFT has embraced the social enterprise model and delivered a better service while improving profitability, enabling it to support local healthcare charities.
Alison Williams, Managing Director SWFT Clinical Services said, “It is fantastic recognition for the work that we are doing in South Warwickshire. The social enterprise mark really helps people to understand the vision of the company. This has helped drive the company forward to increase profits and therefore increase the reinvestment into NHS services.”
Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “The diversity and quality of this year’s finalists have firmly established the National Business Awards as the talent scout for UK plc, with market leading household names recognised alongside the best emerging business brands. With a variety of industries represented, these recovery-leading businesses have demonstrated the return on investment in people, innovation, customer service and leadership.”

25th October: Care of the Elderly Conference was a great success

In October South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and South Warwickshire CCG ran their second conference to discuss the benefits of their Integrated Elderly Care model. Delegates attended from across the UK and had the opportunity to ask an expert panel questions, enabling them to gain a greater understanding around the Trust’s vision regarding elderly care and the practical steps that were taken to achieve it. The day was a great success with all of the delegates feeding back that the event was useful and enjoyable. Please see some of the comments from attendees below:

“It is really positive to see team working so closely and with mutual trust.”
“Interesting to see how the services in Warwickshire have developed over the past year.”
“Excellent day and useful to work within our organisation.”

18th October: Care of the Elderly Conference to showcase the work shortlisted for the HSJ award

Delegates from across the country attended a one day conference on Integrated care for Older People in January 2013. The demand for this conference was so great that we were asked if we would consider putting another one on. This will take place in October 2013. Places are limited. To book click here The work that this conference will be based on has recently been shortlisted for the Quality and Innovation category in the Health Service Journal Awards.

15th October: Free workshop on Norovirus for local GPs and Care Homes

As a social enterprise all the profit made from CETA Health™will be reinvested back into the NHS. As part of this we may at times offer free courses that benefit the whole health economy. Norovirus is a great example of how training can help all organisations across Warwickshire reduce the impact of Norovirus during the winter months. This workshop will focus on practical advice for clinicians and carers on how to prevent and control a norovirus outbreak. This is offered free to local care homes and GP practices.

September: Warwick Hospital Training Centre refurbished

In September 2013, the John Turner Training Centre in Warwick Hospital embarked on a refurbishment project, enhancing it with state of the art technology. The centre now has additional training rooms, refurbished delegate facilities and modern sound and visual equipment in place.

Additional car parking spaces have also been added to the main Warwick Site ensuring that delegates can easily access parking spaces when attending courses at this venue.