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GMMH's brainHealth Manchester shortlisted for the 2023 HSJ Awards

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is delighted to announce that brainHealth Manchester has been shortlisted for Modernising Diagnostics at the HSJ Awards, recognising an outstanding contribution to healthcare and securing a place at the prestigious awards ceremony later this year.

A ‘record-breaking’ 1456 entries have been received for this year’s Awards, with 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlist, making it the biggest awards programme in the award’s 43-year history. The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed within the UK’s healthcare networks.

Following the thorough judging process, GMMH was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 16th), with brainHealth Manchester standing out as a real ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist.

brainHealth Manchester is a novel diagnostic and therapeutic pathway using advanced cognitive assessment, neuroimaging and fluid biomarkers to make disease specific diagnoses in people living with the mildest forms of cognitive impairment in order to:

1. Provide comprehensive risk assessments.

2. Provide a personalised risk reduction plan.

3. Provide a timely diagnosis of the diseases underlying dementia.

4. Reduce the barriers to participation in groundbreaking research.

Together with advanced age-standardised neuropsychological assessments, broad risk-factor assessment and personalised brain health reports, we have instituted Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) diagnostic testing within the mental health trust, modernising the diagnostic pathway for people with prodromal Alzheimer's Disease.

In collaboration with partners in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, and the UK’s Brain Health Coalition led by Alzheimer’s Research UK, brainHealth Manchester aims to lead the development of a network of brain health clinics across UK mental health trusts.

Tessa Myatt, Medical Director at GMMH comments:

“This really is such exciting news! Our team’s dedication and hard work have led us to being shortlisted for Modernising Diagnostics in the HSJ Awards 2023. This recognition is even more significant considering the tough competition this year, with an unprecedented volume of entries from so many other equally deserving Trusts and individuals.

“Regardless of the outcome, reaching this stage makes us feel like winners. We’re immensely proud to share our success with colleagues throughout the sector, and to highlight the insights gained from our project implementation.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds:

“It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge GMMH for being shortlisted in the category of Modernising Diagnostics.

“It’s been so encouraging to hear that 2023 has been record-breaking in terms of the number of applicants and, as ever, the calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over.

“However, it’s always important to remember that the HSJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS.

“We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector – as well as coming together to help mark the 75th birthday of our great NHS. Huge thanks also go to our new headline partner, Vodafone, who share our mission of driving the standard of healthcare excellence and creating better patient experiences.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16th, 2023.

The event will not only reflect the HSJ Awards’ enduring ethos of “sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and innovating drivers of better service” but will also serve as a timely and well-deserved thank you to the sector during the 75th anniversary year of the NHS.

The 2023 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute; Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Chief Executive, NHS Race and Health Observatory; Anne-Marie Vine-Lott, Director of Health, Vodafone; Sir Jim Mackey, National Director of Elective Recovery, NHS England, as well as a range of esteemed Chief Executives from NHS Trusts across the UK.

HSJ Awards 2023 - We are proud to be shortlisted - Modernising Diagnostics Award

The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ awards can be found at alongside details of the Awards partners at

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