• London’s Evolution centre hosts one of the biggest healthcare awards in the world
  • In-person event marks innovations and sacrifices made during toughest year for NHS
  • Sue Perkins announces 23 category winners, including inaugural Provider Collaboration of the Year

Around 1,600 people converged on London’s Evolution centre last night as the HSJ Awards marked the incredible contribution of NHS staff in the health service’s toughest year ever.

Comedian and presenter Sue Perkins, along with HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, announced the winners of 23 categories at the culmination of a process that had involved two judging stages, 136 judges and 1,008 entries.

A total of 204 finalist projects were in contention in categories spanning the healthcare experience, including acute care, mental health, digital, race equality, freedom to speak up and many more. This year also saw the introduction of Provider Collaboration of the Year.

It was the first time the prestigious awards had been held in person since 2019, with the 2020 ceremony being first delayed and then held online this March due to lockdown restrictions.

Mr McLellan told the audience: “Any reasonable person studying your work would have to come to the conclusion that the nation can have confidence in the NHS’ resoluteness and commitment to excellence.

“Your example is not only an inspiration to your colleagues – it also serves as a valuable corrective to any idea that the NHS is anything other than one of world’s leading healthcare systems.”

Following one of the most demanding years on record for the service, the awards aim to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that NHS teams across the sector have delivered.

The awards not only adhere to values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes, and innovating drivers of better service, but most importantly provide a well-deserved thanks to the NHS.

Use the dropdown menu above to see all category winners and finalists.