The 40th HSJ Awards has celebrated the achievements of 24 winners — and 186 finalists — after a year in which the NHS faced its toughest ever challenges.
Guests watched from home this year as the event went online for the first time. But the sense of occasion was undiminished as stars Lenny Henry and Victoria Derbyshire hosted — with Victoria interviewing the winners live — and Breathe Harmony Choir (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust) and Lewisham and Greenwich Trust Choir adding musical performances.
Special messages came in from a variety of well-known names, including: London Mayor Sadiq Khan; Dame Kelly Holmes; TV presenter Clare Balding; former prime minister Gordon Brown; health and social care secretary Matt Hancock; and NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens.
Our 107 judges selected the 24 winners, including top chief executive Rob Webster from South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust; Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust; and Mental Heath Trust of the Year Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust. Our full Top CEOs list is being revealed tomorrow (Thursday).
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan told those watching: “We believe the HSJ Awards to be the largest event of its kind in the world in terms of entry and interest.” He added: ”The pandemic has not seen NHS staff retreat to their bunkers. Instead more staff of all kinds than ever before have thrown themselves into finding new and better ways of doing things.”
Full winners, 2020 HSJ Awards