Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating, having been shortlisted for two top national awards.  The community health, mental health and specialist learning disabilities provider is a finalist in the Provider Trust of the Year and Board Leadership categories of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The awards are the most prestigious and sought after awards in UK health. They champion the best practice and innovation needed by healthcare providers to overcome the challenges that face the sector. Shortlisted organisations and individuals were chosen from 1,600 entries made by 600 organisations.

Michael Smith Chair said: “We’re committed to personal, safe and effective care for the whole community. We’re extremely pleased to have made the shortlist – it’s the dedication and commitment of all our staff and volunteers that has seen us get to this point. I hope we can bring one, or all of these awards back to Bradford, it would be further testament to the high quality care we strive for across the district.”

This latest recognition follows an already successful year for the Trust, achieving Foundation Trust status earlier this year and being named as one of top 120 places to work in healthcare.

The Trust will now make presentations to a judging panel made up of senior influential figures from the healthcare sector before the winners are revealed in November.

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care.”