STERLING’s work has earned coveted accolades for members of the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust finance team.

The recognition was received at the annual conference of the National Healthcare Financial Management Association Yorkshire and Humber.

The trust’s deputy finance manager, Izaaz Mohammed, won the Finance Professional of the Year award.

And the team won the Financial Team of the Year award.

Izaaz was chosen ahead of six other industry professionals for the “significant” contributions he had made to the team – including helping it obtain the so-called Future-Focused Finance accreditation at Level 2, and leading a work plan towards level 3.

Additionally, he proactively raised the profile of trust by sharing best practices at regional and national events.

He was nominated for the award by colleagues, who said, “Izaaz’s pride in his work is visible every day; this earned him an excellent reputation in all confidence.

“Everyone needs an Izaaz – he’s one in a million!

Izaaz said he was delighted to receive this distinction.

He added: “I have the privilege of working with some amazing people at Airedale – and being nominated for this award has been a real honour.

“We have accomplished so much over the past few years as a team – and winning these awards is a fantastic way to recognize all the progress we have made in ensuring the trust delivers high quality, cost-effective healthcare to our patients. ”

The finance team’s award was in recognition of the “dedication, efficiency and quality of work” shown over the past year and the support they had given to neighboring trusts.

The team have made presentations to organizations such as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and run workshops to help others achieve Tier 2 Accreditation .

Amy Whitaker, Finance Director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am incredibly proud of our team for winning the Finance Team of the Year award and of Izaaz for achieving the finance of the year.

“It is a great achievement for the team and Izaaz to be recognized across the Yorkshire and Humber region for all their hard work and commitment over the past year.”

The Healthcare Financial Management Association is the professional body for financial personnel working in the sector.

To learn more about his work and the awards, including a list of winners, visit hfma.org.uk.

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