Primary health care provider Cumbria Health's 'Health at Home Service' has been honoured with a national care sector accolade.

The health initiative took the crown at this year's Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards, taking home the Technology Award.

The award highlights the non-profit's push towards enhancing patient health outcomes by pioneering ways to reduce unnecessary appointments.

The Health at Home Service is used to remotely monitor key health metrics with measurements taken by the patients themselves or with the assistance of their carers.

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards, now in its 10th year, showcases the exceptional contributions individuals and organisations make within the non-profit care sector.

Reflecting on the recognition, Richard McGregor at Cumbria Health, said: "We are incredibly proud to win the Technology Award and to have had the opportunity to be among so many inspiring individuals and groups who make up the not-for-profit care sector.

“The recognition of our Health at Home initiative fills us with pleasure, as we take great pride in the effort we’ve invested and the beneficial effects it’s bringing to patients throughout our region.

"Our aspiration is to expand this service and serve as a model for other organisations nationwide, having a positive impact on many more people across the UK.”

Evaluators commended Cumbria Health, specifically praising their HealthWatch patient app, which offers various communication channels including email, phone calls or SMS, and is crafted to provide an easy-to-use interface for patients.

Neil Galjaard, divisional managing director at Markel, said: “Every year, we are inspired by the incredible stories of how people and organisations across the UK make a real difference in people’s lives – and Cumbria Health with their Health at Home service is a shining example of doing just that.

“It’s been a challenging time for anyone working in the not-for-profit sector, which is why these awards are so important in raising awareness and providing recognition of the tireless efforts and outstanding service of those who make up the care sector.

“Congratulations Cumbria Health and to all of the winners and finalists for their exceptional work, and thank you for the lasting impact you have on those you care for – it is truly inspiring.”

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards served as a stage for leaders and professionals in the health and social care industry to both applaud and learn from the work of the winners and finalists.

The award ceremony, held at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham, was hosted by actress and television presenter, Sally Lindsay.