Published: 17/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5982 Page 17

They say the NHS is not very good at celebrating its own success. Clearly, no-one had told the 850 people who gathered for the HSJ Awards on Monday night to recognise all that is excellent and innovative across the NHS.

The awards were our biggest to date, and the energy in the room was a testament to the passion of the 76 shortlisted projects and organisations. For every shortlisted entry there were dozens that did not make it. One judge said he found the quality of work and commitment to patients that he witnessed literally humbling.

East Lincolnshire primary care trust's coronary obstructive pulmonary disease service won the overall secretary of state's award, and the managers and clinicians involved were praised by health secretary Patricia Hewitt as 'true ambassadors for the best the NHS can do'. They are certainly that.

But all the winners and shortlisted entrants are also ambassadors in their own way. Just as we urge them to spread the word about their own achievement, we also urge readers to seek out the best practice from the awards relevant to their work.

For more details of the awards, see the photo spread (pages 18-19) and our special supplement. You can also see find details of the winning entries by visiting www. goodmanagement-hsj. co. uk/hsjawards.

We will be launching the next HSJ Awards in the spring. We expect them to be even bigger and better, so make sure you are a part of their success.