Cheshire and Merseyside’s cyber security work recognised in NHS Digital’s Cyber Associate Network (CAN) Awards 2022


The Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership is delighted to share that two individuals and an organisation from within its footprint, have been recognised for their work in cyber security, at NHS Digital’s inaugural Cyber Associates Network (CAN) Awards 2022. An awards ceremony that has been established for the first time this year, to showcase the incredible work being done by the individuals, teams, and organisations (that are a part of the CAN), to manage and improve cyber security in health and care.

The award winners from Cheshire and Merseyside included Paul Charnley, the Partnership’s Former Digital Lead and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Group, who won the Cyber Leader of the Year Award for the huge difference he’s made to patient care, and to his cyber colleagues across the patch who he’s been an ongoing pillar of support to. In addition to the Pete Rose Outstanding Achievement Award, which Paul received for his work in developing an innovative integrated care system (ICS) wide cyber security group, that has helped to break down organisational barriers, and to ensure that a collaborative and strategic approach can be taken across Cheshire and Merseyside, to both manage and improve cyber security.

Speaking about winning two CAN awards, Paul Charnley, now Digital Lead for Healthy Wirral Partners said:

“These awards are really for all the work the Cyber Community in Cheshire and Merseyside has done over the last few years, working together to keep our systems safe. That is everyone from all the Trusts, MIAA, NHS Informatics Merseyside, Mid Mersey Digital Alliance, and NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. So, with that said, I am really honoured to accept these awards on behalf of everyone, and I am sure that Matt Connor as the new chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Group will take this work even further”.

Mark Williams, IT Security Consultant at NHS Informatics Merseyside, was also highly commended in the Individual of the Year Award category, for his hard work, professionalism, and commitment to innovation and improvement. Along with the NHS Informatics Merseyside team who won the Innovation in Cyber Award for their ability to creatively solve problems, leading to significant improvements being made to patient care.

In recognition of these achievements, Steven Parker, Associate Director of IT at NHS Informatics Merseyside said:

“I am extremely proud of both Mark and the team for their hard work and commitment to enhancing cyber security awareness and resilience. The team’s desire to constantly improve and innovate is inspiring and as a service, with their support, we have been able to identify and implement state-of-the-art technologies and approaches for preventing, detecting, containing, and responding to threats, which have helped enhance the cyber maturity of those we work with”.

Highlighting the amazing achievements of cyber colleagues from across Cheshire and Merseyside, Matt Connor, Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Group commented:

“On behalf of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Group, I’d like to extend my congratulations to Paul Charnley, Mark Williams, and the team at NHS Informatics Merseyside, who are all very well-deserving of the recognition they’ve received at this year’s CAN Awards. They have all contributed to improving our cyber security resilience across Cheshire and Merseyside, and to furthering collaboration, so that we’re able to work together across our system to respond in a quick, unified, and coordinated way to cyber security threats and/or attacks that may arise. And in doing so, they’ve helped us to establish arguably one of the best ICS cyber security groups in the country”.

Paul Young, the Partnership’s Cyber Security Programme Manager, added:

“On behalf of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Cyber Security Programme team, I’d also like to congratulate the other individuals, teams, and organisations that were recognised in this year’s CAN awards for their commitment, expertise, innovation, and passion towards helping to protect patient care and data across the whole of the NHS. As well as thanking the team at NHS Digital, firstly for establishing the CAN, a network that supports the sharing of best practice, highlights the latest threats and vulnerabilities, and facilitates shared learning, all of which helps us as a collective to bolster our defences. And secondly, for creating the CAN Awards, which will help to highlight and celebrate the incredible work being done across the country to manage and improve cyber security in health and care”.

The 2022 CAN Awards ceremony was held virtually on Monday 28th March at 4pm, with the awards helping to shine a light on the innovation and digital expertise that have helped to protect patient care and data across the NHS this year. You can read more about the other 2022 CAN award winners, which include Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and United Lincolnshire, by clicking here. Additionally, if you’d like to find out more about the CAN, the benefits of joining the network, and how you can become a member, please visit NHS Digital’s website for more information.

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