The inaugural Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards last night identified and rewarded the outstanding healthcare organisations who have successfully demonstrated tangible efficiency improvements and cost savings this year - while maintaining the highest standard of patient care.

Nearly 600 attendees from trusts and organisations across the health sector attended a black tie event at the London Hilton, Park Lane, where winners in 13 categories were recognised for their approaches to driving efficiency in the NHS.

With over 60 individual organisations shortlisted, competition was tough, and the winners on the night triumphed by demonstrating the highest level of excellence in their category.

The full list of winners is below.

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Communicating Efficiency category

  • Winner: University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust - High Quality Care Costs Less

Highly Commended

  • Central Manchester Foundation Trust - Providing care home residents with the right care in the right place at the right time.
  • NHS East of England - Saving lives with communications: VTE Assess Prevent

Efficiency in Acute Service Redesign category

  • Winner: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - A trust-wide approach to radically improving the unscheduled care pathway.

Highly Commended

  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS TRUST - Pilot the role of a rapid response respiratory Physiotherapist for children with severe neurodisability / complex health needs and respiratory problems.

Efficiency in Administrative and Clerical Service category

  • Winner: Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Streamlining the Outpatient Administrative and Clerical Services and Centralised Booking Appointment System ‘Quality for Patients’, ‘Efficiency for the service’

Efficiency in Clinical Support Services category

  • Winner: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS TRUST - Pilot the role of a rapid response respiratory Physiotherapist as part of a wider project to improve the quality of children’s palliative and end of life care.

Efficiency in Community Service Redesign category

  • Winner: Central and East Community Health - The effectiveness of an Integrated Respiratory Team in the reduction of hospital admissions, length of stay and oxygen costs within Central and Eastern Cheshire

Highly Commended

  • North Staffordshire Community Healthcare - Childrens Acute Hospital@Home Service

Efficiency in Estates Management category

  • Winner: South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Meeting the QIPP challenge: Lean methodology in Estates and Facilities Management

Highly Commended

  • NHS Hull- Maximising the functionality and utilisation of our primary care estates
  • South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust - WorkSmart - using flexible working to achieve cost savings

Efficiency in Financial Services category

  • Winner: Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust - Service Line Management (SLM) Pathfinder Project - Working together to improve the efficiency of pathways of care

Highly Commended

  • Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Weekly Metrics - timely information drives performance

Efficiency in Information Technology category

  • Winner: Newton Europe Ltd & North West London Hospitals Trust - Using joined-up information systems to reduce WLIs and improve patient care and theatre efficiency

Highly Commended

  • NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent, NHS Medway and PCTI Solutions - NHS Eastern and Costal Kent and NHS Medway required a solution to transfer documents electronically from Secondary Care to GP Practices
  • NHS Sefton - Interactive health services by digital TV and mobile phone

Efficiency in Medicines Management category

  • Winner: Isle of Wight PCT - Improving respiratory disease patient outcomes through inhaler technique training

Highly Commended

  • Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT -Delivering clinical and cost effective prescribing.
  • NHS Rotherham - Give it to the man that can - transferring prescribing responsibilities for the Drug Tariff Part IX products to specialist services achieves cost savings and improves the patient experience

Efficiency in Procurement category

  • Winner: NHS London Procurement Programme - A New Regional Agency Nursing Framework for London

Efficiency in Training and Education category

  • Winner: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - Junior Doctors Induction CD

Highly Commended

  • Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust - A national approach to specialist training is more efficient

Energy Efficiency category

  • Winner: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Project CRIG - Carbon Reduction and Innovation at UCLH

Highly Commended

  • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust - Britain’s Greenest Hospital

Workforce Efficiency category

  • Winner: Partnerships in Care - RAG Dynamic Risk Management System

Highly Commended

  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - Junior Doctors Induction CD