Dave Sweeney, Halton’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, collected the Leading Service Improvement and Innovation Award at the prestigious event. This recognises how he has been instrumental in supporting the local NHS to thrive in challenging times and has successfully created approaches that promote closer communities and better wellbeing.
Dave oversees an integrated team that sees NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council work together to support a healthier local community.
He has enabled NHS Halton CCG to develop several innovative and non-traditional health interventions. This has included commissioning the Super League rugby league team Widnes Vikings to deliver a host of health programmes, including efforts to reduce obesity, support people living with dementia and promote better mental health. He has also formed a pioneering partnership with Wellbeing Enterprises, which aims to help people to stay healthier and overcome social isolation by giving them life skills, fun experiences and social opportunities. This gives local health professionals an effective alternative to traditional clinical approaches to support.
Under his leadership, Dave had also supported Halton NHS CCG to develop approaches that help reduce demand on local hospitals and GP surgeries. This has included Halton creating two Urgent Care services, which offer a better alternative to A&E for people who have injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening.
He also co-developed the model of care at St Luke’s Care Home, Runcorn, with the charity Community Integrated Care, which recently won a National Dementia Care Award and has achieved national acclaim. The home supports people living with advanced and complex dementia needs. By enhancing the clinical support provided to people living in the home, the CCG and Halton Borough Council have been able to significantly reduce the need for residents to receive support in hospital settings.
Dave was nominated for this award by a number of partner organisations from across Halton and senior members of NHS Halton CCG. This success follows the CCG recently being a finalist in three categories of the Health Service Journal Awards.
Dave Sweeney says: “It was an honour and great surprise to win this award. In challenging and changing times for the NHS, we need to do things differently. At NHS Halton CCG, we aim to be innovative, creative and brave, so this success reflects our team efforts.”
He continues: “My leadership style is to partner with the organisations that want to make a difference and to create the conditions that allow ambitious, talented people to make the most of their skills. To have this approach celebrated with this award is something that I feel very proud about.”
Dr Cliff Richards MBE, Chair of NHS Halton CCG, says: “We are thrilled to see Dave recognised on this big stage. He is someone who has vision, passion and a genuine commitment to making a difference in our local community, so he is absolutely deserving of this accolade. His success demonstrates how at NHS Halton CCG we are doing everything possible to innovate, lead and provide the best outcomes possible for local people.”