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The SeaFit initiative has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare’ prize at the HSJ Partnership Awards

The Fishermen’s Mission and Seafarers Hospital Society are delighted to announce that their SeaFit initiative has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare’ prize at the HSJ (Health Services Journal) Partnership Awards, recognising those with an outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaborations with the NHS.

Now in its seventh year, 228 entries have been received for this year’s Partnership Awards, with 188 projects and individuals meriting inclusion on the final shortlist. The high volume and exceptional quality of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed across the UK’s healthcare system.

Following a thorough judging process, our SeaFit initiative was shortlisted ahead of the official awards ceremony, which will be held in the new year. We are extremely proud and honoured to have been shortlisted for such an incredible award.

SeaFit was created to help fishermen and their dependents in coastal communities where gaining access to healthcare can prove exceptionally difficult, with many fishermen often forced to choose between earning a livelihood or attending scheduled medical appointments. As a result, we often see members of these communities suffering from untreated or undiagnosed illnesses and health problems.

The SeaFit initiative aims to bridge that gap and offer healthcare on the quayside, through events that often include free dental checks and treatments, health checks, physiotherapy, cancer information, healthy lifestyle support and much more.

Seafarers Hospital Society CEO, Sandra Welch, said “We are delighted to be recognised by the HSJ panel for all our hard work on the Seafit initiative. Our proactive approach to partnerships has been integral to the success of the initiative, enabling us to provide a wide range of health services to fisherman on quaysides across the country”

SeaFit Manager, Carol Elliott, says, “We are so excited at being shortlisted for this prestigious award. We work with multiple NHS, Public Health and Charity Sector partners, they, and the Fishermen’s Mission Port staff are key to the success of SeaFit. Through working in collaboration, we can increase access to healthcare and in some instances have even saved lives.

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 The Fishermen’s Mission and Seafarers Hospital Society for being shortlisted in the category of Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare.”

“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 Partnership Awards are not just a celebration of success stories, but also a platform to shape the future collaboration within the NHS.”

“We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in March and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector.

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on March 21st 2024.

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; Tosca Fairchild, Chief of Staff, South East London ICB, Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive, Mid and South Essex NHS FT, Shabina Azmi, Chief Pharmacist, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB, Professor Edward Kunonga, Director of Population Health Management, NENC ICB and NECS, as well as a range of esteemed healthcare leaders from across the UK. The full list of nominees for the 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards can be found at


Source: Press Release

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