National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards Winners (18th November 2022)

The winners are announced for the 2022 National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards.

National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards Winners 

At a ceremony in Birmingham on 17 November the winners of the annual National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network (National SIGN) Awards were presented across six categories.

The afternoon began with an Information Governance “mini-con” with sessions from Dawn Monaghan (Director of Information Governance Policy, NHS England) and Arjun Dhillon (Chair, UK Caldicott Guardian Council). There was also a panel, Chaired by Barry Moult, on new ways of working in Integrated Care Boards and Integrated Care Systems, with four speakers from NHS England and Integrate Care Boards from around England.

Following some lively discussion, the afternoon moved on to the awards ceremony, in which the following awards were presented:

•    Information Governance Professional of the Year - Suzanne Crutchley, Head of Data Protection and Information Governance, MIAA


•    Information Sharing Champion of the Year - Sally Shocklidge, Group Head of Information Governance / Data Protection Officer, University Hospital of Northamptonshire NHS Group


•    Information Governance Innovator of the Year – Phillipa Nazari, Assistant Director Information Governance / Data Protection Officer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority


•    Information Governance Team of the Year - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Information Governance Team


•    Information Governance Human Encyclopædia - Gemma Hayward, Associate Director of Information Governance / Data Protection Officer, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


•    Outstanding Contribution to Information Governance – Janice Boucher, Information Governance / Caldicott Support Manager (Retired), RB Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Councils

Andrew Harvey, Chair of the National SIGN, who hosted the event, said “it was great to see so many health and care Information Governance professionals in one room and to hear about the amazing work that they have been doing in the last 12 months”. 

He continued that “following the dark times of the last two or three years it was amazing to have us all back together again to celebrate what we do to protect the data of our service users, the feeling of Information Governance love in the room was almost tangible – I would like to congratulate all of the winners, those who were shortlisted and all nominees, and to thank all of those who took the time to make the nominations, in turn making this such a rewarding day for everyone”. 

The National SIGN is keen to give credit to everyone who was nominated for the awards; the other individual nominations were for:

•    Tracy Goodacre 
•    Giles Arbon 
•    Sally Shocklidge 
•    Chris Waller RIP 
•    Cath Wilcox 
•    Caroline Smart
•    Sarah White
•    Gareth Jones
•    Jenny Spiers 
•    Cora Suckley
•    Helen Jones
•    Rik Mannix
•    Cath Wilcox
•    Susan Meakin
•    Rhiannon Platt
•    Louis Lau
•    Giles Arbon
•    Chris Waller
•    Zoe Bulmer
•    Katie Thorn
•    Pippa Boulton 
•    Lindsay Wells
•    Tracy Van Wyk
•    Curtiss Green 
•    Gemma Hayward 
•    Sarah Laws 
•    Andrew Waring
•    Sandrine Gibson
•    Dawn Budd
•    Hayley Atkinson 
•    Lewis Bourne 
•    John Hodson 
•    Brendan McGrath
•    Sarah da Silva
•    Penny Taylor 
•    Paul Withers
•    Narissa Leyland
•    Ruth Boughton
•    Sarah Stell
•    Mikaela Webster
•    Claire Batten

And in addition to the individual nominations, the following teams were also nominated:

•    Better Security, Better Care 
•    Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
•    Greater Manchester Combined Authority 
•    Livewell Southwest 
•    Luton Council 
•    NHS Blood & Transplant 
•    Suffolk and North East Essex ICB 
•    Yorkshire & Humber SIGN 
•    The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 
•    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 
•    Greater Manchester Information Governance Group 
•    Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 
•    St Francis Hospice  
•    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 
•    Information Governance Services 
•    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust 
•    Greater Manchester Combined Authority 
•    Surrey and Borders Partnership Mental Healthcare Trust 
•    Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust 

Nominations for the 2023 awards are planned to open in May.

Well done to Andrew Harvey and the team that put the event together.