The shortlist for the HSJ Awards 2017 has been announced.

The awards are one of largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognising and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcasing them to the service’s most influential leaders.


With 23 categories, the awards, held in partnership with de Poel health+care, reflect the full spectrum of the sector’s services and challenges.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “As the NHS stands on the brink of its 70th birthday, it faces the biggest financial challenge of its lifetime. Yet despite this, and ever growing demand, it continues to innovate and excel, as the 36th HSJ Awards clearly demonstrates. The NHS has many claims to fame, and one of them is that its restless desire to improve provides the inspirational content for the world’s biggest celebration of healthcare excellence. Competition to be shortlisted has once again been fierce. Congratulations to all that have made the grade.”

Entrants demonstrated outstanding practice and innovation, which help to safeguard and improve patient care, improve value and efficiency in healthcare and have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area. The awards received more than 1,500 entries.

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 22 November at the Intercontinental O2, London.

The HSJ Awards 2017 shortlist

Acute sector innovation, sponsored by Cardinal Health

  • A quality service development aimed at reducing the risk of adverse events post-surgically, Heart of England Foundation Trust
  • Acute Admissions Pathway reducing out-of-area bed usage for acute mental health care, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Developing a patient-centred approach to cancer care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
  • East London Community Kidney Service, Barts Health Trust
  • Helping patients stay at home, Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust
  • Information Services RADAR, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich Trust
  • Play preparation to reduce the need for general anaesthetic in children undergoing MRI scans, Poole Hospital Foundation Trust
  • The Diabetes Inpatient Care and Education project improving diabetes inpatient care and experience, Ipswich Hospital Trust
  • The NoSH Project, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Acute, community and/or primary care services redesign

  • Acute Hospital Services Delivered at Home: Patient @ Home, The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust
  • Addressing Complex Persistent Pain: A novel team initiative, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Development of An Integrated Frailty Pathway, North Cumbria University Hospital Trust
  • eConsult
  • High Intensity Users Project, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust and University Hospital of North Midlands
  • i-HEART Barnsley, Barnsley Healthcare Federation
  • Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership Programme Success, Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership
  • Primary Care Paediatrics, Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust
  • The new faecal calprotectin pathway, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network
  • The redesign of Community Spinal Services to an Integrated Pain and Spinal Service, Berkshire West Federated Clinical Commissioning Groups

CCG and local authority integrated commissioning for carers, sponsored by NHS England

  • Carers Leeds Dementia Hub, Carers Leeds with the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups and Leeds City Council
  • Dementia Together, Sue Ryder
  • North East Hampshire Support for Carers, North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Worcestershire Integrated Carers Hub, Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups and Association of Carers

Chief executive of the year

  • Jackie Bene, Bolton Foundation Trust
  • Jackie Daniel, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay FT
  • Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care FT
  • John Lawlor, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT
  • Mark Brandreth, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic FT
  • Peter Herring, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT
  • Sir Andrew Cash, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT
  • Toby Lewis, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
  • Tom Cahill, Hertfordshire Partnership University FT

CCG of the year

  • Barnsley CCG
  • Dudley CCG
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG
  • East Lancashire CCG
  • Hull CCG
  • Newham CCG
  • Salford CCG
  • Norwich CCG
  • Tower Hamlets CCG
  • Wolverhampton CCG

Clinical leader of the year

  • Anne-Maria Olphert, Lincolnshire Partnership FT
  • Caroline Senior, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
  • Amit Arora, University Hospital of North Midlands
  • Claire Fuller, Surrey Downs CCG
  • Claire Royston, Four Seasons Health Care
  • Neil Kukreja, Medway FT
  • Julia Ford, CAMHS in Schools Leader, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
  • Mary Mumvuri, executive director of Nursing and Governance, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Rachael Moses, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Sue Ranger, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust

Compassionate patient care

  • An innovative model to improve end of life care in care homes in a London Borough (Supportive Care Home Team Sutton), Royal Marsden FT Community Services
  • An Integrated Neighbourhood Team Approach to Improving Palliative Care for Patients and Carers, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
  • Care and Treatment Reviews – South Tees CCG, South Tees CCG
  • Commissioning for Choice at End of Life, Warrington CCG
  • Designing the first Children’s Rare Disease Centre (and Service) in the World, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT
  • Homeward Bound, a Play about Relationships, Love, Empathy and Compassion at End of Life, Hospice UK
  • Outstanding breast feeding standards, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
  • Palliative Care Symptom Observation Chart, Yeovil District Hospital FT
  • Prime75+ Tackling Loneliness, Delivering Change, Prime GP
  • Purple Bow Scheme, University Hospital of North Midlands

Enhancing care by sharing data and information, sponsored by NHS Digital

  • Big data for newborn health, Chelsea and Westminster FT and Imperial College London
  • Common Approach to Children’s Health, Damibu
  • Connected Care: Intelligent, Personal, Data Driven Care: The Berkshire Digital Ecosystem, Frimley Accountable Care System, West Berkshire ACS and South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
  • Coordinate My Care and InterSystems, reducing unplanned admissions with digital urgent care planning, Coordinate My Care and InterSystems UK
  • Creating the first England Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators, Wessex AHSN and NHS Business Services Authority
  • East London Patient Record, East London Health and Care Partnership
  • Electronic sharing of data at CUH, Cambridge University Hospitals FT
  • Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information Electronic Holistic Needs Assessments Impacts, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and East Midlands AHSN
  • General Practice Data Hub, NHS Digital
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy in Stroke – Sharing data and Information for its national application and development, University Hospitals of North Midlands
  • Solving the problem of coordinated care with the Care Integrated Digital Record, Orion Health and Camden CCG

Improved partnerships between health and local government

  • Care Together, Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Single Commissioning Function and Integrated Care Foundation Trust
  • Discharge to Assess Project, London Borough of Bexley, Oxleas FT, Bexley CCG, Lewisham and Greenwich Trust
  • Discharge to assess, Bexley CCG and London Borough of Bexley
  • East Sussex Better Together, The ESBT partners: Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG; Hastings and Rother CCG; East Sussex County Council; East Sussex HealthcareTrust; Sussex Partnership FT
  • From “Can’t Do” to “Can Do” – putting patients first and collaborating to improve discharge planning and reduce length of stay, Dartford and Gravesham Trust
  • Haven Court, South Tyneside Foundation Trust and P+HS Architects
  • Patient app used to link NHS, Local Government and Voluntary Sector Services, Harrow CCG
  • Project Search – NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme, East Sussex Healthcare Trust
  • The Buckinghamshire ACS, Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs, Buckinghamshire County Council, Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Oxford Health FT and partners
  • Using a health coaching approach across the Leeds health and care system, Leeds Health and Care System

Improving care with technology

  • #WhyWeDoResearch Twitter Campaign, James Paget University Hospitals FT
  • BedFinder – Solving the problems associated with delayed discharges of care, OLM Systems
  • Care Home Digital NEWS Tablet – Transforming Healthcare in Care Homes, Sunderland CCG
  • Lancashire Person Record Exchange Service, Lancashire and South Cumbria Organisations
  • Making life better: My IBD Portal, Salford Royal Hospitals Trust in collaboration with Crohn’s Colitis UK
  • MaPPs. Medicines: A Patient Profile Summary, Mistura Informatics
  • NHS111 direct booking to GP practices, North East Ambulance Service
  • Surrey Downs Teledermoscopy Service, Communitas Clinics
  • TAP: Technology Assisted Psychiatry. Introducing telepsychiatry into an Emergency Department psychiatric service, Oxford Health FT
  • The Development of an Online Self-referral Portal, Allied Health Professionals Suffolk
  • Weymouth and Portland Integrated Care Hub, Dorset HealthCare University FT

Improving environmental and social sustainability

  • Carbon Reduction, Barnsley Hospital FT
  • Delivering Modern Communication between GPs and the NHS, Oxleas FT
  • Environmental Sustainability at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
  • Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability – Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Catering Department, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT
  • Public Health Wales – Our Space, Public Health Wales
  • Southmead Hospital Re-Development – the Brunel Building, North Bristol Trust
  • Sustainable Food Project – Taste not Waste, Nottinghamshire Healthcare FT
  • The Natural Health Service Project – Managing our natural estate to enhance the environment and improve patient care, Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust

Improving outcomes through learning and development

  • Bringing Genomics into Mainstream Medicine, Health Education England
  • Empowerment of Primary Care Through Education and Mentorship, Sandwell and West Midlands CCG
  • Future Hospital chief registrar scheme, Royal College of Physicians
  • Gateway-C; online gateway to primary care cancer education, The Christie School of Oncology
  • Labour Ward Leaders – working together for safer care, The Royal College of Midwives, NHS Improvement/Atain, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Pioneering mental health simulation training to improve health and social care, Maudsley Simulation
  • Restart a Heart – Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust
  • “Tea trolley” training programme: a novel approach to multidisciplinary training in the workplace, Royal United Hospitals Bath FT
  • The MAMA Pathway, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care FT
  • Time for Dementia, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Innovation in mental health

  • Acute Therapy Service, Lancashire Care FT
  • Cardiff and Vale Young Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Creating a National Virtual Ambulance Service for Mental Health Transfers, 365 Response
  • Healios – reducing harm and empowering patients using a unique digital family intervention experience, Healios
  • Innovative online psychotherapy programmes for people suffering from low mood, anxiety and workplace stress, Headsted
  • i-Rock Youth Mental Health Service, Sussex Partnership FT
  • LINKS project, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
  • Mental Health Choose and Book, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
  • Mental Health Nurses model in the London Ambulance Service, London Ambulance Service
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment for violent offenders with Antisocial Personality Disorder, Tavistock and Portman FT

International health partnership, sponsored by NHS Employers and THET

  • Developing Multidisciplinary Stroke Care in Accra, Ghana, Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership
  • FaM-LEAP – Family Medicine Leadership, Education and Assesment Programme, Royal College of General Practitioners, UK and Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Gulu-Man Link – sustainable approaches to educational programme delivery, Gulu – Man Link – University Hospital of South Manchester
  • Improving Global Health through Leadership Development, NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy
  • King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre
  • King’s Somaliland Partnership, King’s Somaliland Partnership
  • Making a difference to healthcare outcomes in Tanzania, Northumbria Healthcare FT
  • NHS Grampian/Felege Hiwot knowledge exchange partnership, NHS Grampian
  • Paediatric Surgery in Uganda, ARCHIE – Wood Foundation Global Surgery
  • Partnership for Excellence, The Butabika – East London Link

Most effective adoption and diffusion of existing best practice

  • Epilepsy and You – online supported self-management programme, Epilepsy Action
  • Wellbeing Exeter, Integrated Care for Exeter Strategic Alliance
  • Langworth Ward Innovation Project, Langworth Ward, Lincolnshire Partnership FT
  • Providing a whole system flow in Motor Neurone Disease Care in rural South West England, Peninsula Motor Neurone Disease Care Network hosted by Plymouth Hospital Trust
  • Psychology in Hostels Project, South London and Maudsley FT and Thames Reach Charity Partnership
  • Red2Green in Mental Health, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust
  • Revitalising the General Practice Nurse Workforce in City & Hackney, City and Hackney GP Confederation CIC
  • Serenity Integrated Mentoring Project, Hampshire Constabulary and Isle of Wight Trust with Wessex AHSN
  • The London Mental Health Dashboard: Promoting System Transformation and Transparency through the use of data, Healthy London Partnership and NHS Benchmarking Network
  • Urgent and Emergency Care Programme, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Patient safety, sponsored by GS1

  • A quality service development aimed at reducing the risk of adverse events post surgically, Heart of England FT
  • Collaborative Learning Labs, South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative
  • Emotional Well Being Mentoring Wing, Inreach, Oxleas FT, HMP Swaleside
  • Kissing Goodbye to Sepsis, James Paget University Hospital
  • Nervecentre out-of-hours task management system, The Dudley Group FT
  • New Improved Fluid Balance Chart, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay FT
  • Scan4Safety – Improving traceability in the NHS, Salisbury FT
  • STEP-up to Patient Safety: Engaging all staff in harm reduction, Aspen Healthcare
  • Translated dispensing labels increase patient safety, Written Medicine
  • Triple modular redundancy: Translating airline safety to healthcare, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Primary care innovation

  • A stroke prevention review in patients with atrial fibrillation across 2,122 primary care practices, Interface Clinical Services
  • Ask NHS – Empowering Tomorrow’s Patient – Supporting Primary Care through a Digital Solution, West Midlands Integrated Urgent Care Alliance – Ask NHS powered by Sensely with Odyssey Clinical Content
  • Better in Practice, The Jubilee Street Practice
  • CHOP (Compression Hosiery Ordering Project), Lymphoedema Specialist Services
  • eConsult, eConsult
  • High Quality Extended Primary and Community Access at Scale, South Doc Services MyHealthcare Federation in Partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust and the 3rd Sector
  • Integrated Pharmacy and how it’s making a difference, West Hampshire CCG and West New Forest Vanguard
  • Making Frailty a Priority – Transition of Care, Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance
  • The Dementia Golden Ticket, High Weald Lewes Havens CCG
  • Transforming Diabetes Care at Scale in North West London, North West London Collaboration of CCGs
  • Weymouth and Portland Integrated Care Hub, Dorset HealthCare University FT

Provider trust of the year, sponsored by Celesio

  • Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s FT
  • The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital FT
  • Central London Community Healthcare
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare Provider Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital FT
  • Bradford District Care FT

Specialised services redesign

  • Beating Leg Ulcers is a competitive sport!, Livewell Southwest CIC
  • Crisis and Intensive Home Treatment Team, Lincolnshire Partnership FT
  • Lessons from Sandwell and West Birmingham diabetes model regarding future of Diabetes services – the way forward?, Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
  • London Pathways Partnership: services for people with personality disorder who are at high risk of serious offending, The London Pathways Partnership
  • Modality Partnership Community Rheumatology Service, Modality Partnership
  • North West Severe Asthma Service, North West Severe Asthma Operational Delivery Network
  • Redesign of the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service in combination with Street Triage, Dorset HealthCare University FT and Dorset Police
  • Specialist Dementia Team (An Enhanced Model of Care), Hampshire Hospitals FT
  • The Croydon Respiratory Team, Croydon Health Services Trust
  • The Largest UK Series – Mechanical Thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke produces improved clinical outcomes and cost benefits, University Hospitals of North Midlands

Staff engagement

  • An asset based approach to staff health and wellbeing, West Suffolk FT
  • AskHR App, Kingston Hospital FT
  • “Be The Change” – Building and Sustaining the Will for Quality Improvement, Ashford and St Peters FT
  • Change Champions delivering culture change at Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals FT
  • Dialogue not dictate, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT
  • Engaging with care home staff to improve outcomes for vulnerable care home residents, Nottinghamshire Healthcare FT
  • From “Can’t Do” to “Can Do” – putting patients first and organisational boundaries second, Dartford and Gravesham Trust
  • Improving Staff Engagement from Bottom to Top!, Manchester Royal Eye and University Dental Hospitals, Central Manchester FT
  • Speak Up… We’re listening!, Wirral University Teaching Hospital FT
  • Staff Engagement at SSSFT, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare FT
  • Wellbeing@Work Festival, Sussex Community FT

Supported self-care, sponsored by NHS England

  • Bringing the Community in: Supporting transition from hospital to home utilising voluntary sector organisation expertise, Southern Health FT
  • Cancer, Older People and Advocacy, Older People’s Advocacy Alliance UK
  • Empowering patients with epilepsy, Epilepsy Care Alliance
  • Empowering renal patients to be in control, giving them their freedom back through home therapies and shared care programme, The Royal Wolverhampton Trust
  • Hearing Aid Support in Bath and North East Somerset, Virgin Care
  • Information Prescriptions: The Key to Unlocking Behaviour Change, Diabetes UK
  • New model of breast cancer aftercare, Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership
  • Online Befriending Service, First Steps Derbyshire
  • Social Prescribing – Mental Health, Rotherham CCG
  • Transforming Care After Treatment in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • TrueNTH Supported Self-Management, University of Southampton

Using technology to improve efficiency, sponsored by de Poel health+care

  • BigHand help streamline the clinical correspondence process for the NHS, BigHand
  • Efficient interventions: spotting deteriorating patients quickly through eMEWS, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • eHospital digital transformation improving efficiency at CUH, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • End-to-end digital patient journey: Transforming patient experience, Dr Doctor
  • ePAQ-PO: Pre-operative assessment “one-stop”, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT
  • Home monitoring of hypertension in pregnancy (HaMPtoN), St George’s Hospital
  • Ieso Digital Health
  • Improving ambulance service safety, response times and patient experience through optimising Hear and Treat performance, East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust
  • Information Sharing Gateway, Hosted by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay
  • Telemedicine, Southern Derbyshire CCG and Derby Hospital FT

Workforce, sponsored by NHS Employers

  • Community Specialist Paramedics, North West Ambulance Service Trust
  • Developing the Integrated Urgent Care NHS Workforce for the Future, HEE and NHS England
  • Doctors’ Assistants’ – Developing Band 3 non-registered staff to work alongside ward/on-call doctors, East Sussex HealthCare Trust
  • Growing our own!, Livewell Southwest CIC
  • Hidden Talents, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • Maternity unit turnaround, West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust
  • NHSBT’s Innovative Shine Programme for Leadership Development, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Pharmicus Hub @ CBC Health, CBC Health
  • Talent Management Programme roll-out, Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust
  • Transforming accident and emergency Medical staffing, using annualisation, self-rostering and novel clinical fellow posts, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust

Chief executive of the year contenders announced