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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

BSMHFT’s MHRN Hub shortlisted for award

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that a member of our Research team at the Mental Health Research Network Hub (MHRN) has been shortlisted for a Lean Healthcare Award.

Carly Cooper, Heart of England MHRN Hub Manager, has been selected as one of three finalists for the Lean Champion Award for the way she applied lean tools within her service.

The MHRN is part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) which is the research agency of the NHS. The Heart of England Hub works with NHS staff in organisations across the region to and, covers a population of over 7 million. Each one of the nine partner organisations involved has fully engaged with the idea of developing leaner processes and allowing staff the opportunity to take part in improvement projects, demonstrating how NHS organisations in the Midlands can work together to achieve a common goal.

National online training provider and specialist in Lean Healthcare, Virtual College, will hold the Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards 2014 on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Carly Cooper, Heart of England MHRN Hub Manager
Now in its sixth year, The Lean Healthcare Conference and Awards provide a platform for healthcare organisations to gain national recognition for improvement projects. A total of eight categories are included in the awards with three finalists competing in each.

The final part of the judging took place during December 2013 with an interview for each shortlisted candidate. Independent and NHS Lean experts made up the judging panel who were searching for inspiring projects that have delivered measurable and sustained improvements within their organisations.

Carly said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. There has been a lot of hard work put in here by the Heart of England MHRN Hub team to introduce and apply the principles of Lean within the operations of the service. We aim to take the least amount of time as possible for study set up and Lean has helped us make sure that our service is the best we can offer our customers.”

For more information about the awards, click here.

For more information about the MHRN and the Heart of England Hub, click here

For more information about the NIHR CRN, click here