Published: 29/07/2004, Volume II4, No. 5916 Page 22

The deadline for entries to the 2004 HSJ Awards is 4 August. In the final piece previewing the event, we introduce two more new categories.To enter this year's awards visit www. awards. hsj. co. uk

NEW AWARD: CLINICAL SERVICE REDESIGN: sponsored by Boston Scientific

The Clinical Service Redesign award is another of the four new categories to be launched at the 2004 HSJ Awards. It seeks to reward patient-centred projects that have been well managed by multidisciplinary teams.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals trust consultant radiologist Dr Trevor Cleveland will be one of the judges.He says the design of service delivery needs to constantly adapt to the changing environment, but putting redesign into practice is a huge task that deserves recognition when well executed.

'To redesign a service, or part of that service, requires forward thinking and the active involvement of all stakeholders, ' says Dr Cleveland. 'The holistic and team approach to such challenges is not easy and may involve considerable hurdles that need to be overcome.

Without such innovative practice the NHS would struggle to continue to provide the quality healthcare that it presently does. This award celebrates and recognises these efforts.'

Dr Cleveland will be looking for evidence that all the staff involved in the service development of a project have had an input in its redesign.He argues that the redesign of services 'cannot happen without the input of all stakeholders'.

He adds: 'I would like to see entries demonstrating this inclusive approach and include within it a clear practical focus as to how a redesign will work favourably for patients and those delivering the service.'

Also judging the category will be Boston Scientific public affairs manager Mark McIntyre.

He comments: 'The HSJ Awards create a showcase whereby some of the many examples of modern medical care in the NHS can be acknowledged and publicised.'

He says he would like the Clinical Service Redesign award to 'encourage examples of where patient care has been improved in an efficient way by pulling together patient and carer views and experiences to make discernable, progressive changes'.

NEW AWARD: PATIENT-CENTRED CARE: sponsored by the Health Foundation

Patient choice is climbing ever higher on the political agenda and patients' views on their own care are becoming more influential.With this in mind, the new category of Patient-Centred Care has been launched at this year's HSJ Awards.

The award will be given to the project that best demonstrates how a patientcentred approach can advance the quality of healthcare. Among the judges will be Health Foundation chief executive Stephen Thornton.

He would like to see entries demonstrating 'how patient-centred care is already improving healthcare quality'.

He says: 'They could range from self care and shared decision-making approaches to the use of new technologies to support patient engagement.

'Projects should have clear objectives for quality improvement and be able to demonstrate changes in the way care is delivered.'

Also judging the category will be Professor Raj Persaud, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London and Gresham professor for the public understanding of psychiatry, as well as a TV broadcaster.

Dr Persaud believes the HSJ Awards 'present an opportunity for people working in the NHS to demonstrate some of the advantages of working in a publicly funded health service'.

He adds that they are an opportunity to show 'the imagination, creativity and energy' that healthcare professionals put into the health service and 'how you can create excellence in performance that you may not be able to achieve if you were in a different kind of health service'.

Dr Persaud says that he would like to see entries to the Patient-Centred Care category demonstrating 'how patients can be involved in creating ways of providing services that doctors and nurses many never have considered'.

He adds that he would like to see 'the patient's perspective having an impact - doctors and nurses learning something of use from patients'.