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Trust Department Wins National Team Of The Year

Trust Department Wins National Team Of The Year

Date of release: 2 December 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Information Governance (IG) team has cause for celebration after winning a national award.

The Trust’s data security and protection team was voted Information Governance Team of the Year at the National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards 2020, overcoming competition from nine other NHS organisations shortlisted.

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Front, from left: Dr Jonathan Odum, Medical Director and Raz Edwards. Back, from left: Nicolle Bunt , Lynsey Kumari and Deepu Austine


It is the second successive year the IG team have been recognised by the organisation after the team was shortlisted in 2019, when Raz Edwards, the Trust’s Data Protection Officer and IG manager, was named IG professional of the year.

While IG might be not be considered as high profile as other operations, the IG team engage with every part of a patient’s journey in supporting safe and effective services, ensuring data protection and security measures are applied to the availability, integrity and confidentiality of patient data at every stage. 

They also support new and innovative initiatives that allow Trust services to work more digitally.

Joining Raz in the team are Lynsey Kumari and Michelle Wiles – both IG officers – Nicolle Bunt, IG support officer, and Deepu Austine, Freedom Of Information and Info Asset Coordinator.

Maria Arthur, the Trust’s Head of Governance, said: “Congratulations on your award of Information Governance Team of the Year, this is well deserved – well done and thank you.

“It is great the Trust has been recognised again in these awards, and I am particularly appreciative of the hard work and passion shown by the Information Governance team. 

“We all know the NHS’s greatest asset is its staff, and I am so very pleased to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of a corporate team working behind the scenes to keep patients safe.”

Following their near miss last year, Maria felt the judges couldn’t overlook her team again. She added: “The team have consistently exceeded expectations in terms of the IG delivery and support, which was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where new developments and innovations were needed swiftly.

“As head of department I have seen the team demonstrate infectious enthusiasm and a positive ‘can do’ approach, in spite of pressures and rapid change uncertainties.

“The team have also shown willingness to go above and beyond in supporting each other’s wellbeing and their colleagues in making time for engagement, collaborative working, social events and team support for quick adaptation to new technologies.”

The awards were judged by a panel of IG experts from around the country, with all nomination statements being blinded by name, gender, organisations, ethnicity and location.

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