Thurrock Council has been recognised nationally for its work in health and social care research.
The council was recently shortlisted for two categories in the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Awards, which recognise health and social care research in local areas. The annual awards showcase the innovative research undertaken by organisations across the country and how this has led to a positive impact on communities and residents.
The research submitted by Thurrock Council featured an in-depth review of health and social care services in Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary. By exploring the current demands on various parts of the system the research showed areas where services could be refined or reshaped to offer a better experience for residents. It is expected that by supporting a more flexible system that focuses on individuals and their needs, this will lead to further positive outcomes for health in Thurrock.
Thurrock was shortlisted in the 'Best use of Data' and 'Best use of Social Care or Health Research' category awards, with Thurrock Council being Highly Commended for its work in the 'Best use of Social Care or Health Research' award category.
Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, said: "Research is key to delivering high quality support and care to our residents. Being recognised nationally shows that our health team are not only carrying out best practice research but are able to use that research make positive, meaningful changes to better serve our residents.
"Well done to everyone who has been involved in the research, you’ve done the borough and the council very proud!"