GRI – the leading independent outsourced workforce management expert – has just been added to the 2019 HSJ Awards shortlist, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to healthcare.

Shortlisted in the ‘HSJ Partnership of the Year’ category for their entry with client organisations within Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire (referred to as ‘BNSSG’) and Bath, the project encompasses four acute trusts and two community organisations across Bristol, Weston and Bath.


The project has, in fact, already been recognised as award-winning by HSJ, at their 2019 Partnership Awards. As a result, GRI and ‘BNSSG’s award win success has enabled them to secure a shortlisting in HSJ’s flagship awards.

In this testing climate, GRI’s pioneering, compliant, future-proof solution is helping BNSSG to realise significant efficiencies that include cost savings of over £2.5million, the delivery of nearly 600,000 hours of quality care, a single agreement and set of rates/terms and conditions now in place and a centralised, integrated booking system with access to real-time management information (MI). Critically, this is whilst continually delivering the highest standards of patient care.

The 2019 HSJ Awards judging panel – made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community – shortlisted GRI and ‘BNSSG’ despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants. Both organisations were elected based on their “ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their collaboration has clearly had on patient and staff experiences within the health and care sector”.

Andrew Preston, CEO – UK and COO – EMEA and APAC of GRI, commented:

“We are delighted to have secured a 2019 HSJ Awards shortlisting with our client ‘BNSSG’ for ‘Partnership of the Year’, following our success at the 2019 HSJ Partnership Awards.

“This serves as a further testament to our commitment and aligned vision to drive better value in the supply chain and an enhanced service delivery experience, whilst ensuring patient care remains of paramount importance.”

 Carolyn Mills, chief nurse at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said on behalf of ‘BNSSG’:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted, on the back of our HSJ Partnership award win earlier in the year. This demonstrates that, by working together, the NHS and industry can simultaneously achieve high quality patient care and value for money, whilst continually innovating the ways in which we engage and manage our vital collective workforce.

“Ultimately, it is about harnessing value and innovation in order to engage a workforce focused on delivering quality, safe and cost-effective care to all our service users.”

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments:

“We would like to congratulate GRI and Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath (‘BNSSG’) on being nominated in the category of ‘Partnership of the Year’ ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector. The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards (sponsored by GRI) can be found on Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ Awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on Wednesday 6th November.

For more information on GRI’s partnership with ‘BNSSG’ and their work with the NHS and wider health and care sector, please visit

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