Published: 05/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5812 Page 5

Some of the biggest names in health and social services are coming together to take part in HSJ's Health Management Awards - which are being backed by prime minister Tony Blair this year.

The awards acknowledge the impressive management talent of those working at a time of radical change for the public sector.

NHS chief executive Nigel Crisp joins King's Fund chief executive Rabbi Julia Neuberger as one of the judges, along with Simon Stevens, Mr Blair's health adviser, who will determine the winner of the new Prime Minister's Award for Healthcare Excellence category.

Other high-profile judges include chief medical officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, chief inspector of social services, Denise Platt and Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dr Beverley Malone.

Commenting on the importance of the UK's only health management awards, Rabbi Neuberger said: 'Health management is a poorly understood yet vital discipline for good healthcare provision.

'Health managers are frequently knocked by those who do not understand what they do.

'The HSJ awards give important recognition to the contribution managers make to healthcare, as well as sharing examples of good practice across the profession.'

The closing date for entries is Friday 13 September. For an application pack or further information, contact: amanda. james@emap. com