Published: 22/07/2004, Volume II4, No. 5915 Page 10

The judges for this year's HSJ Awards are a Who's Who of senior healthcare figures.

NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp will chair the stellar panel, which this year includes three Department of Health directors, three czars, Royal College of Physicians president Professor Carol Black and foundation trust regulator Bill Moyes.

Other judges include TV and newspaper psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud and Observer health editor Jo Revill.

As well as chairing the judging panel, Sir Nigel will judge the overall award, the Secretary of State's Award for Excellence.

There are only 13 days left to enter. The closing date is 4 August.

Entries can be submitted online at www. awards. hsj. co. uk.

Judgement day: the judges who will decide the winners (sponsors in brackets)

Chronic-Disease Management (Sanofi-Synthelabo) Northamptonshire GP Dr Andrew Willis, Epsom and St Helier trust consultant (care of the elderly) Dr Mashkur Khan.

Clinical Service Redesign (Boston Scientific) Sheffield Vascular Institute consultant radiologist Dr Trevor Cleveland, University Hospital Birmingham foundation trust chief executive Mark Britnell.

Communications (Fishburn Hedges) Department of Health communications director Sian Jarvis, Observer health editor Jo Revill.

Emergency and Unscheduled Care (Improvement Partnership for Ambulance Services) National emergency access director Professor Sir George Alberti, Ambulance Service Association chief executive Richard Diment, IPAS head Julia Taylor.

Implementing NICE Guidance (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Royal College of Physicians president Professor Carol Black, Royal College of GPs chair Dr David Haslam, NICE planning and resources director Andrea Sutcliffe.

Improvement in Performance Management (Dr Foster) Foundation trust regulator Bill Moyes, Healthcare Commission head of information and analysis Lorraine Foley.

Improving Care with E-technology (BT) BT Health general manager Steve Wells, DoH director of delivery John Bacon.

Improving Patient Access (Medinet) DoH director of access Margaret Edwards, NHS Confederation chief executive Dr Gill Morgan.

Life Long Learning (NHSU and NHS Modernisation Agency Leadership Centre) Department for Education and Skills access director Janice Shiner, Birmingham University Health Services Management Centre director Edward Peck.

Mental Health (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health) National mental health director Professor Louis Appleby, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health acting chief executive Angela Greatley, National Mental Health Partnership chair Dr Maggie Cork.

Patient Safety (National Patient Safety Agency) Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dr Beverley Malone, Picker Institute Europe chief executive Angela Coulter.

Patient-Centred Care (The Health Foundation) Health Foundation chief executive Stephen Thornton, psychiatrist Professor Raj Persaud, former Royal College of GPs chair Dr Mike Pringle l Primary Care (Pfizer) National Association of Primary Care chair Dr Peter Smith, National primary care director Dr David Colin-Thomé.

Recruitment and Retention (Intellego Health) DoH workforce modernisation director Andrew Foster, chief health professions officer Kay East.

Reducing Health Inequalites (Health Development Agency) Consultant in public health and medicine Professor S¯an Griffiths, HDA director of policy and communication Jeff French, deputy chief medical officer Dr Fiona Adshead.