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Rochdale Health Alliance Triumphs at the Rochdale Diversity Awards: Celebrating HART's Win and PCA's

In a night filled with celebration and recognition, Rochdale Health Alliance emerged as a standout contributor to diversity and inclusion at the Rochdale Diversity Awards. We proudly announced not one but two nominations as finalists, showcasing the impactful work being done by our dedicated teams. Let's delve into the remarkable achievements of the Homeless Alliance Response Team (HART) and the Primary Care Academy (PCA) at this prestigious event.

Homeless Alliance Response Team (HART): Champions of Diversity in Health

The HART team, a Primary Care Health Service provided by Rochdale Health Alliance for the homeless and transient populations within the borough, stood tall as the proud winners of the 'Diversity in Health Award.' Comprising two Registered Nurses and a dedicated Liaison Officer, the HART team embodies compassion, care, and an unwavering commitment to those in need.

The HART service, tailored for the homeless, vulnerable, and transient communities of Rochdale, Heywood, and Middleton, has been making significant strides in enhancing the healthcare landscape for marginalised populations. Building upon the success of the HART Volunteer Service, the team extended its reach by introducing the HART Outreach Service, available every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Diversity in Health Award is not just an accolade; it's a resounding acknowledgement of the team's exceptional efforts in making healthcare accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

Primary Care Academy (PCA): A New Vision for Primary Care Advancement

While the Primary Care Academy didn't clinch the top prize, being a finalist at the Rochdale Diversity Awards is a testament to the incredible strides made in advancing primary care. Established in September 2018 under the visionary leadership of Dr. Gill Tonge, a GP in Middleton, PCA is an Institution for the Advancement of Primary Care. Focussed on training, education, workforce development, and research across the entire primary care workforce in HMR, PCA aims to shape, inform, and influence career opportunities and environments.

The recognition as a finalist is a feather in the cap for the pre-employment programme, considering its relatively recent inception. The Academy has already carved a niche for itself, creating new opportunities and fostering an environment that empowers those in primary care. The Rochdale Diversity Awards highlight not just the achievements of the moment but also the potential for PCA to continue shaping the future of healthcare in Rochdale and Greater Manchester.

As Rochdale Health Alliance is proud of its achievements at the Rochdale Diversity Awards, it invites the community to explore the incredible work of both the Homeless Alliance Response Team and the Primary Care Academy. The awards are not just a celebration of past successes but a promise of a more inclusive and diverse healthcare future for Rochdale. For more information on these groundbreaking initiatives, visit the Rochdale Health Alliance website at and witness firsthand the commitment to excellence, diversity, and compassion in healthcare.

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