Ward Hadaway’s award-winning Public Sector team has scooped a third top accolade this year for its partnership working with the NHS.
The firm and won Legal Services Provider of the Year at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019 for the Tees Esk and Wear Valley’s Foundation Trust Roseberry Park PFI Scheme project at a black-tie awards ceremony at Park Plaza, Westminster.
First launched in 2017, the HSJ Partnership Awards reward inspirational work carried out for the NHS by organisations ranging from architects, builders and facilities managers to IT experts, pharma companies, healthcare providers and MedTech firms.
The awards celebrate projects that have made a tangible difference to the NHS by, for example, improving services, facilities or quality of life for patients, or working more efficiently to save money.
Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “Partnership working is essential to the continued smooth operation of the NHS, and the sustainable delivery of world class healthcare.
“Thousands of organisations provide critical services and support every day that assist healthcare professionals, their innovation leading to improvements in service provision despite ever-tightening budgets. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists, our expert panel of judges faced a tough decision selecting from among hundreds of high calibre entries.”
What the judges said about Ward Hadaway’s Legal Services Provider of the Year entry was ‘The winners for this category demonstrated a clear and successful integration of their services with the client throughout the life of the project. They felt that the applicants provided clear evidence of significant savings for the client, which had been achieved in a creative, value added way. The sharing of knowledge has also clearly added value to the wider NHS.’
Partner and Head of Public Sector, Melanie Pears said: “To have won three awards since the start of the year is fantastic and an endorsement of our approach and the expertise which we have within the firm.
“This project required significant specialist legal input across a wide range of disciplines, with an ability to work together as a team with the Trust client, other advisers and the Department of Health. It recognises true team work to address a wide range of issues to achieve the best end result for the public sector.”
Jeffrey Keeble, Partner and Head of the 60-strong Healthcare team at Ward Hadaway, added: “We are absolutely delighted with these three top award wins. They are a reflection of the real partnership approach Ward Hadaway has and continues to have with the NHS.”
Last week, Melanie Pears picked up the Customer Focus award at the LexisNexis Legal Awards in London.
Melanie Gavin of Ward Hadaway’s Healthcare team also picked up the Innovation Award at this year’s Manchester Legal Awards.
Ward Hadaway’s Healthcare team is a regular winner of awards for client care and technical excellence. Last year they picked up the Client Management Innovation Award at the national Legal Week Awards in London.