Published: 17/04/2003, Volume II3, No. 5851 Page 6

The HSJ Health Management Awards were launched this week, with a record number of categories.

The awards retain the backing of Tony Blair, who is endorsing the prime ministers' award for excellence in healthcare management for the second year running.

Five new categories have been added to this year's awards - bringing the total to 14. They reflect the rise in importance of a number of key issues and reward innovation and best practice in chronic disease management, clinical networks, lifelong learning, patient safety and performance management.

The other nine categories are:

communications, improving care with e-technology, improving patient access, partnership with industry, mental health, primary care, recruitment and retention, reducing health inequalities and sustainable development.

Each category will be judged by a specially selected panel. The full list of judges will be announced later in the year, but NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp and King's Fund chief executive Rabbi Julia Neuberger have agreed to act as joint chairs.

Sir Nigel and Rabbi Neuberger will be joined by Simon Stevens, Mr Blair's adviser on health, to judge the prime minister's award.

All individual category winners are eligible for the the award.

The awards ceremony will be held on 13 October at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. For the first time, it will be complemented by a keynote conference tackling many of the same high-profile issues.

For information on how to enter, contact Amanda James at amanda. james@emap. com The deadline for entries is 1 August. To book seats at the awards night, contact Chloe Smith at chole. smith@emap. com.