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Published 12 December 2019
The partnership (between DACB, NHS hospitals and local schools) was created by DACB against a backdrop of the NHS recruitment crisis and the firm’s ‘Responsible Business strategy’, which focusses on helping school students in local communities: nearly all of the firm’s city-centre offices are in close proximity to some of the poorest communities in the UK.
This partnership is an innovative and genuine solution to the NHS workforce challenge, which saw the firm launch youth volunteering at three hospitals through the #iWill Campaign’s Step up to Serve initiative in association with Helpforce, the charity working to create the future of volunteering in the NHS; working closely with them to design and manage the youth volunteering programme.
DACB’s pioneering project included three NHS hospitals (St James’s at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, The Royal London and North Bristol NHS Trust), and local schools in London, Bristol and Leeds.
Its success has since seen DACB provide volunteers to a further fourth hospital – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Sir James Mackey, CEO at Northumbria Healthcare, comments: “Never before in the history of NHS volunteering, has a corporate partner signed up to support any trust quite like this. By stepping up to support their local health service DACB will be making a marked and significant difference to our staff, patients and the community at large. It would be hard to overstate the value of the work they will do”.
Nigel Montgomery, partner and Head of Health at DAC Beachcroft, comments “I am very pleased that the project has been recognised for its value to the NHS. As a leading partner to the health and social care sector, it is truly excellent to be able to go above and beyond when it comes to adding value in a practical and meaningful way.
“This project has introduced a new generation of volunteers to the NHS and we are proud to be a key part of it.”
The winners will be selected following a rigorous, ‘live panel’ judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020 awards ceremony. Held at the Park Plaza Westminster on the 27th February, the evening will provide a great opportunity for influential figures to unite and celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector, as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds, to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate DAC Beachcroft on being nominated in the category of ‘Legal Services Provider of the Year’ ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in February, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”