At a gala evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, more than 1,100 people gathered to hear the names of the HSJ Awards 2007 winners revealed and celebrate their success.

HSJ is, as always, indebted to the support of its sponsors and judges, who sifted entries, listened to presentations and, for the acute and primary care organisation categories, visited the trusts on the shortlists to talk to managers, clinicians, staff and service users. The King’s Fund was typically helpful in letting us use its premises for meetings.

This supplement is an invaluable guide to many of the best care innovations in the country. We have included contact details so you can talk to the team leaders and see which ideas you can introduce into your own work. Even within a single category you will find different approaches to the same issue.

We hope that if you did not make the shortlist this year, the entries that did will inspire you to enter in 2008.