North Bristol NHS Trust shortlisted for the 2022 HSJ Awards

Psychology team

North Bristol NHS Trust is proud to announce that its Staff Psychology Team has been shortlisted for the Staff Wellbeing Award category at this year’s HSJ Awards, recognising outstanding contribution to healthcare and earning the opportunity to showcase their achievements on a national platform.

The pressures faced across the healthcare sector haven’t been far from the headlines over the past 12 months – yet the quality and overriding positivity of the award entries this year highlight the enduring devotion of workers within the health and social care industry, dedicated to improving patient outcome.

Now in its 42nd year, the HSJ Awards continue to provide an opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that individuals and teams across the sector deliver on a daily basis.



The NBT Staff Psychology Team’s vision is to integrate evidence-based approaches to foster compassion, psychological safety, and inclusion to support healthy team cultures as ‘the way we do things here’, so that we can provide the most effective, compassionate care to the community of patients we care for. The service is based on the premise that “resilience is between us, not just within us”, focusing on approaches that help build strong, caring peer connections within teams and that aim to consider preventative approaches, as well as being responsive when needed.The team have co-developed interventions that have had national interest and impact.The service recognises the importance of getting the basics right for all staff (physical and safety needs), to the value of fostering peer and team support as core approaches, and access to individual specialist psychological intervention for those that need it, s. This has led to the development of a comprehensive, tailored NBT Staff Trauma | Support pathway, for colleagues affected by work-based incidents spanning preventative approaches (e.g. StartWell>EndWell, trauma awareness training), peer support (peer-led post incident check ins, PITSTOP (‘hot debrief’) training), through to access to specialist trauma-focused psychological interventions (including EMDR).

Jacqui Marshall, Chief People Officer at North Bristol NHS Trust said,

“This really is wonderful news - the fact we’ve been shortlisted for the Staff Wellbeing Award in the HSJ Awards 2022 will undoubtedly be a huge ‘pat on the back’ for our amazingly hard working and deserving team.

“Our staff always go above and beyond to improve patient outcomes and quality of service and care – and aligning with the HSJ Awards programme really allows us to share our success as well as everything we’ve learnt through implementing our project.

“We hope we might even inspire other colleagues across the UK to pursue and put their ideas and innovations into practice too!”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds;

On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate North Bristol NHS Trust on being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Staff Wellbeing. All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!

“Year on year the number of entrants continue to rise which I find so encouraging and is testament to the effect that HSJ Awards can have on improved staff culture and morale.

“We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service. But we never forget that the award ceremony is not just a celebration within a night, but a platform to recognise the hard work of all our NHS staff, all year round.”

A staggering 1067 entries have been received for the HSJ Awards 2022, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist (from across 162 organisations). The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications is once again reflecting the breadth of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Sarah-Jane     Marsh (Chief Executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); David      Probert (Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust); Dr Bola Owolabi (Director Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Eugine Yafele (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust); Tracy Allen (Chief Executive Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust)

The full list of nominees for the 2022 HSJ awards can be found at alongside details of the Awards partners;

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th 2022.