Children’s Hospital Alliance

National Paediatric Accelerator: Recovery Programme

In May 2021, a collaboration of 10 large paediatric trusts in England came together to deliver a £20m covid recovery programme. The trusts have successfully restored more than pre-pandemic levels of elective activity (104 per cent of pre-covid activity, 38,000 more patients) through transformation programmes. At the cutting edge of innovation the alliance also developed and rolled out across 10 trusts an artificial intelligence tool which identifies children at risk of missing their appointments, helping to support children who have already missed out on care during the pandemic. This supports a programme of work tackling health inequalities and providing lasting benefits, such as free transport to appointments. The judges thought the opportunities for long-term performance recovery and improved outcomes made this entry stand out from the rest.

To read this entry in full visit HSJ Solutions.

Highly commended: Dorset ICS - Outpatient Assessment Centres @ Dorset Health Village - Dorset’s “Think Big” Recovery Programme


  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust - Elective Recovery
  • Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership - Technology and Relationships Improving Flow
  • Croydon Health Services Trust - A Vision of Ambition and Innovation to Recover Elective Services For Patients and Our Staff
  • Gateshead Health FT - Breast Services - Service Line Structure to Deliver Sustainable Performance Recovery
  • Hepatitis C DTS Provider Forum - Hepatitis C Virus Screening in Drug Treatment Services
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust - A New Era of MTW Endoscopy
  • Midlands Partnership FT - Staffordshire Community Dental Service - Paediatric General Anaesthetic Service