Health chiefs are celebrating after their leadership secured two regional awards.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust triumphed in the North East NHS Leadership Recognition Awards with accolades for its board and equality and diversity lead Patrick Price.
The trust now goes through to the national finals in February 2015.
Judges praised the trust’s strong leadership of its hospital, community and adult social care services and its ‘clear vision and strategy’.
Patrick, who is the trust’s equality and diversity lead and lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) champion, won the NHS Leader of Inclusivity of the Year Award for his commitment to making the trust a more inclusive and diverse organisation.
Brian Flood, trust chairman, said: “We are delighted that the leadership of our board has won this award for the second consecutive year. We work extremely hard to ensure that every one of our staff has a voice and are listened to.
“We are very proud of our supportive culture where our staff feel their role makes a real difference to patients and there are equal opportunities for career progression and promotion.”
“We encourage and empower all of our staff to make improvements to patient care and become leaders themselves and we look forward to the national awards in February.”
Judges said Patrick believes passionately and deeply in equality in healthcare and has worked hard to promote this within the trust.
Patrick said: “Our trust has made a real commitment to equality and diversity which I have experienced personally and had the opportunity to support professionally.
“I am very proud to have won this award which recognises the importance of actively promoting equality and celebrating difference, and the benefit of an inclusive workforce at all levels for patient care.”
Mr Flood added: “I would like to congratulate Patrick on his award which is testament to all his hard work to promote equality and diversity in our trust.”
The trust was shortlisted in five categories.