CIPHA shortlisted in the HSJ Awards 2021 for connecting services and information during the pandemic to support our region’s response

We’re delighted to announce that CIPHA, which is one of the programmes in the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Digital Programme portfolio, has been shortlisted for the Connecting Services and Information Award at the HSJ Awards 2021.

An achievement that recognises the Programme team’s outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector, which saw the team rapidly implement a population health management system within a three month period, to inform our region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CIPHA achieved this through helping to ensure a steady flow of securely stored real-time data feeds from all local NHS and Social Care providers and national data sets to deliver consistent, coherent and actionable dashboards across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Data sharing that has made a real difference, as to date it has supported; the Liverpool mass testing pilot that informed UK Government policy, the #LetsGetVaccinated campaign, which helped to improve vaccine uptake within our region’s Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and the National Events Research Programme in building a COVID safety-net to allow events to reopen. Whilst moving forward, the platform will continue to be instrumental in driving our recovery from the pandemic, through informing population level planning and the targeting of direct care interventions.

Jim Hughes, Senior Responsible Officer for CIPHA comments, “The programme team and I are thrilled that CIPHA has been shortlisted for the Connecting Services and Information Award, especially given the high volume and standard of applications the judges received this year.”

“Being shortlisted is a testament firstly to the collaborative efforts and dedication of all those who have worked so hard to support the delivery of CIPHA. And secondly, to everything the programme has managed to accomplish already within such a short period of time, to enhance patient and citizen safety.”

“And this is only the beginning for us as a programme, as due to the success of the platform, the CIPHA blueprint is now being utilised to progress the CIPHA expansion programme, which is being funded by NHSX, and covers a population of circa 17m”.

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate CIPHA on being nominated in the category of Connecting Services and Information, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence”.

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on November 18th 2021.

Lancashire and South Cumbria
Northamptonshire HCP
Surrey Heartlands
Manchester Community Central
Cheshire and Merseyside