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Healthworks scoops two awards!

Healthworks, a healthy living resource centre in Easington, is celebrating after scooping two awards at the CELS Business for Life Awards 2011!

Healthworks is part of the Trust's Health Improvement Service and delivers a range of activities, groups and services from a base in Easington. 

The CELS Business for Life Awards 2011 were held at St James Park Newcastle, Wednesday 9 November 2011. The team from Healthworks scooped two awards the Partnership with the NHS award and the new Primary Care award.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Sector in the North of England in areas such as Innovation and Outstanding Growth. These awards not only recognise and reward the North of England's top companies in the industry but also promote new technologies and companies to the regions healthcare sector.

Managing director Dr Mike Nicholds said: "The North East's health technology and life science sector continues to grow and it is rewarding to see new entrants picking up Business for Life Awards. "Although there is a great deal of change going on in the global sector and in the region, it is great to see and be able to celebrate these regional success stories. In one corner, you've got a hand-held device used to detect drugs and diseases. In another, you've got an organisation which encourages people to cut down smoking and boost exercise. Each are award-winning projects growing in the North East, and they're not alone. Some of these companies are very small, but by being innovative and not giving up they are developing new technologies, reaching new markets and working to improve healthcare for individuals across the UK."

Graeme Greig, Chair of Healthworks Partnership Steering Group said: "The mandate for Healthworks is to deliver services based on the following principles; Informed Choice, Personalisation and Joint working. The manner in which the development of Healthworks was planned, financed, and developed is a demonstration of what can be achieved when organisations work collaboratively with a common vision and with a strong desire to provide high quality services that meet the needs of their communities. Healthworks is seen as an ideal way of delivering significant health improvement while also producing additional spin-off benefits in the form of improved community access and local regeneration. It allows people from County Durham and Darlington to access a range of facilities. These are not only a wide range of healthcare services but also services such as advice shops, community facilities and employment/training clinics. It is a model of good practice based on partnership work and responsiveness to community need and it empowers community members to engage proactively in services that will improve their health."We are delighted to receive this recognition, Healthworks is a true partnership project with over 60 partners involved providing services and activities to improve health, well-being and quality of life for our community. I would just like to acknowledge their part in achieving these awards"

A Trust spokesperson said: "We are delighted that one of our key health improvement services, 'Healthworks' has been recognised with these awards. Healthworks, in partnership with local organisation, delivers a range of healthy living services and projects directly from the heart of the community. These awards are recognition and celebration of the dedication of our staff and volunteers and the high standard of these services."

Louise Hunter, Head of corporate responsibility, Northumbrian Water said "Northumbrian Water is proud that once again Healthworks has been recognised as a leader in healthcare delivery and partnership working.   As a long standing partner in Healthworks, we recognise the difference that a local and holistic approach to health can make and we know that it is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of the Healthworks team, volunteers and partners."
Healthworks is located in Easington, County Durham and provides a wide range of health information, activities and support to those living in Easington, and the surrounding area.

For more information on the event or Healthworks please contact: Healthworks reception via email or call 0191 527 4150.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital