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Trust’s maternity app shortlisted for national award

Trust’s maternity app shortlisted for national award

An app that has already helped thousands of Essex mums-to-be has been shortlisted for a national award.

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and app partners, Acadiant and The Maternity Voices Partnership, have been recognised for their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare by making it through to the finals of the Workforce Innovation Award at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021.

The Maternity Direct app is available for pregnant women with non-urgent queries to remotely chat to midwives across mid and south Essex. It has proved especially helpful during COVID and currently has over 5,000 registered users. Mums have praised the app and highlighted how it has been a vital service during the pandemic.

Shirley Jones, Head of Midwifery at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. It’s great to be recognised, as the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team has led to us successfully delivering the Maternity Direct app. 

“To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost both to our team and our partners, Acadiant and The Maternity Voices Partnership. It’s rewarding to see the positive impact that the app has had on patients since its launch just over a year ago.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan added: “We would like to congratulate the project team at Mid and South Essex and their partners on being nominated in the HSJ Partnership Awards2021, recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

Winners are set to be announced at the awards ceremony in June.

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