The 23 winners of the 2019 HSJ Awards were named last night.

The awards, now in their 39th year, are among the world’s most fiercely contested health service awards, attracting hundreds of entries from the NHS and its partners.

This year’s awards saw a number of categories introduced for the first time, including mental health trust of the year. 

Two new categories recognised the work the NHS does to support both ex-military personnel and reservists among its own staff. The military civilian health partnership award was scooped by Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group while the reservist support initiative award went to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Introducing the awards for the 13th time, HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “As we enter the heat of the general election campaign, the NHS will battle with Brexit for top billing. In the four general elections I have observed during my time as HSJ editor, complex arguments about health and social care are usually reduced to sentimental soundbites or crude conspiracy theories. Governments, therefore, tend to arrive committed to fighting the last battle rather than the present one.

“My hope is that those politicians who truly value the NHS’ wellbeing will study the work of our award winners and therefore learn what success really looks like in the NHS. Success that is built on long-term commitment, not short-term promises; that relies on collaboration and compromise and that is built on what individual patients want, not what others think they must have.”

Actor James Nesbitt hosted the awards, while Andrew Preston, chief executive of the award’s headline partner GRI, also spoke.

Detail of all the winners are here.