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NELFT staff member announced as a judge for the HSJ awards 2019 | News and events

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NELFT staff member announced as a judge for the HSJ awards 2019

This year the HSJ host their annual ceremony, The Standard for Healthcare Excellence, in Battersea Evolution in London on the 6 November 2019.

This award presents a great opportunity for providers to enter and be recognised amongst their peers for innovation and improvements to their services that also demonstrate how they are improving outcomes, experiences and providing better value care for patients.

There are twenty or more categories which will be judged by a range of healthcare professionals across England: Read here.

Rita Thakaria, NELFT assistant director, community care and crisis has been handpicked as one of the judges for the following categories:

  • Frailty
  • Health and Social Integration

HSJ awards 2019

This year the HSJ award’s organiser wanted to show their commitment to diversity and approached CEO John Brouder who subsequently put forward Rita and Stephen Singh Khakhian.

Rita qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 1994, from the Central School and Speech and Drama. She has gained extensive experience across both acute and community settings, At the pinnacle of her clinical career, she was a senior specialist in acquired dysphagia, an advanced practitioner in Videofluoroscopy and a visiting lecturer in Bilingualism at UCL, before moving on to her senior management role within NELFT.

Rita is clear on her areas of commitment and passion. She is committed to raising awareness and improving the experience of BME communities and staff within NELFT and as an advocate for adult speech and language therapy (SALT) she wants communication to be everybody’s business and to raise the voice of the most vulnerable. Finally having provided care and support to her parents through frailty, she is committed to making health and social care pathways: strengths-based, simpler and richer.

To find out more about this year's HSJ awards, click here