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Winners and more winners

Nearly 1,700 people gathered for the HSJ Awards on Wednesday night, where 23 gongs were handed out by Sir Lenny Henry in a celebration of the finest achievements in the NHS.

Among the blue ribbon winners were chief executive of the year Tom Cahill, from Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust. The judges called him “an authentic, inspirational leader”.

Organisations taking back a trophy included Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT, which won provider trust of the year, and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, which took CCG of the year.

A total of 224 entries were shortlisted for the awards, with the final 23 winners selected by 85 judges.

Detailed case studies of all the shortlisted entries can be found over at HSJ Solutions.

London isn’t calling

Four directors have left the North West London Collaboration of CCGs since September and the two accountable officers for the eight CCGs in the cluster have declared they will not apply for the joint role across all of them.

The news comes after NWL’s capital case for an ambitious reconfiguration plan was knocked back by NHS Improvement, which was sceptical over the plan’s activity forecasts. (A side note: none of the capital’s five STPs were included in the first wave of capital funding announced in the budget.)

Neither Clare Parker, who is AO for five of the CCGs, nor Rob Larkman, who leads three, are applying for the new role as boss of all eight.

HSJ understands inner north west London interim finance director Caroline Boswell left on 17 November as did programme director of mental health Fiona Myers. Her predecessor, Jane Wheeler, only left in September. Strategy and transformation director Alasdair Ramage left that month at the end of his six month contract.

Earlier this month, HSJ reported the CCGs had spent £36m with consultancy firms over the past four years.