WINNER: Targeted Prostate Check: Medefer and the Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance

Working with the Surrey and Sussex Cancer alliance and local primary care networks, alongside media outlets and social media, Medefer identified and invited men in government guideline defined at-risk groups for a clinical prostate cancer risk assessment.

Using Medefer’s digital platform a history was taken, and if appropriate a urinary assessment (to exclude infection) and blood test (for a PSA) was arranged. Results were all reviewed by a clinician and acted upon. A positive PSA would result in a 2 week wait urology referral, as would red flag symptoms. The judges felt that the project convincingly outlined the ability for a wider roll-out of the model to a wide range of conditions. The work importantly adds to the evidence base for a national roll-out of a cancer screening programme and will help to address existing health inequalities.

Highly commended:

  • The Dorset Health Village: Active Dorset


  • Value-Based Healthcare: Best Practice Intervention to Reduce Surgical Site Infection Post Caesarean Section: Essity in Partnership With Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust
  • How the Digital Collaborative Bank Enables NHS Trusts Across 6 ICSs to Share a Larger Staff Bank With Gold-Standard Technology: Locum’s Nest and the Digital Collaborative Bank
  • Gynaecological Cancer Services Review In Cheshire and Merseyside: NHS Transformation Unit and Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance

HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 winners revealed