MLCSU celebrate being shortlisted for five CIPR Pride awards


A Midlands communications team is celebrating after helping five clients to secure shortlisted places at this year’s prestigious CIPR PRide Awards.

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) has been nominated for its work with clients on internal and external communications, healthcare campaigning, events and the best use of digital technology.

Stephanie Belgeonne, Communications Senior Partner at MLCSU, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this recognition for our hard work across such a wide range of services.

“We pride ourselves on the breadth of expertise and experience that our team can offer across media relations and publications - and being shortlisted for a CIPR award is an achievement in itself. We work very closely with our clients and are thrilled that we are able to deliver such excellent results for them.”

The team was shortlisted in the Healthcare Campaign category with Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust for their #jointeameliot nurse recruitment drive.

In the Education Communications Campaign category, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were recognised for their primary care clinical leaders’ programme. Thanks to funding from Health Education West Midlands, over 120 primary care clinicians from across the West Midlands took part in the programme. This is an exciting but challenging era to work in the NHS and primary care and to achieve the ambitious plans set out in the Five Year Forward View, the CCG recognised it needed to engage and nurture the next generation of NHS leaders.

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and MLCSU were also shortlisted in the Internal Communications Campaign category for their work on ‘Creating an approachable and collaborative culture’. In the CCG’s annual staff survey 92% of staff said they felt proud to work for the CCG.

MLCSU has been shortlisted in the Best Event category for delivering the Solihull Together for Better Lives Awards. The Solihull Together for Better Lives Awards 2016 were created to celebrate the achievements of people and organisations who are working together to improve the quality of life for all Solihull residents.

And the CSU has also been hailed in the Best Use of Digital category for its work in transforming Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital’s website.

The 2016 CIPR PRide Awards are the leading regional PR awards in the UK, run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and recognise excellence in the public relations industry.

Winners, who are selected by judging panels of industry experts, will be announced at a series of UK-wide award ceremonies. The Midlands event will be held at the Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, on September 30.

Notes to editor

Midlands and Lancashire CSU serves commissioners and others responsible for a population of 8 million. It employs c 1,200 staff and its commissioning support services span the entire range from finance, contract management, business intelligence and communications/engagement through to continuing healthcare, medicines management and strategy services.

In February 2015, MLCSU successfully attained a position on the NHS England Lead Provider Framework as a high quality assured provider of Commissioning Support Se 

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