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Liverpool CCG and Liverpool University Hospitals shortlisted for health awards

17 Mar 2021

HSJ has announced that the Liverpool Integrated Heart Failure Multispeciality Multidisciplinary Team Virtual Meeting Pilot Project has been shortlisted for 2 awards at the HSJ Value Awards 2021.

The team – led by Dr Rajiv Sankaranarayanan – has been nominated for “Cardiovascular Initiative of the Year” and “HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year”. This recognises the outstanding dedication they had given to making things better across their organisation during an extremely challenging year for the NHS.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement for NHS Liverpool CCG and Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Liverpool Integrated Heart Failure Multispeciality Multidisciplinary Team has been selected based on their diligence, ambition and the positive impact that the project has had within their wider organisation. 

This novel service (the world's first) is funded by Liverpool CCG and conducted by Liverpool University Hospitals. The team has conducted monthly virtual MDT meetings for heart failure patients since January 2020, uninterrupted by the COVID19 pandemic.

The team integrates primary care (community heart failure specialist nurses, community heart failure cardiologists, community geriatrician) with secondary care (hospital heart failure nurses, cardiologists, nephrologist, diabetologist, chest physician, palliative care consultant, geriatrician, pharmacologist and pharmacist) and tertiary care (heart failure cardiologists and nurses) to improve the management of comorbidities in heart failure patients and thereby patient outcomes.

Dr Sankaranarayanan, Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Lead of the project at Liverpool University Hospitals, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Cardiovascular Initiative of the Year’ and ‘HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year’ recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our teams over the last 12 months to successfully implement the Liverpool Integrated Heart Failure Multispeciality Multidisciplinary Team Virtual Meetings.

“We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients and the wider organisation even throughout challenging times, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our organisation Liverpool University. I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, second stage of judging ahead of the HSJ Value Awards 2021 awards ceremony. Held at Manchester Central at the end of June, 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 within the NHS.

The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Value Awards can be found at