The 38th annual HSJ Awards felicitated winners in 26 categories 


The 26 winners of the 2018 HSJ Awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony at the InterContinental London O2.

Trust of the Year was Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, a mental health trust in the Midlands, praised for strong financial performance alongside innovations and pathway redesigns which have improved care for patients.


The judges said of Northamptonshire Healthcare: “This trust demonstrated an exemplar presentation alongside a truly impressive site visit which showed innovation, honesty and humility.

“The culture was evidently embedded throughout the trust and the team should be extremely proud as a leader within the NHS community.”

Other winners included:

  • Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, winner of the Community or Primary Care Services Redesign (London/South) award for a programme which significantly reduced tuberculosis rates in the area

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals FT in the Improvement in Emergency and Urgent Care category for a virtual ward which has reduced unnecessary A&E attendances among children and young people

  • NeuroCoRe for its free ACEmobile app, which increases the ease and accuracy of cognitive assessments for dementia and which was recognised with the Using Technology to Improve Efficiency award.

Some 1,500 entries were received for the 38th annual HSJ Awards, run this year with headline partner GRI.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists. In this historic year for the NHS we were inundated with applications demonstrating continued determination to deliver first class healthcare, harnessing the latest innovations while ensuring value for money. You have all impressed our judging panel with evidence of your enduring commitment to excellence in healthcare.

“I hope that the HSJ Awards programme will be a source of inspiration for teams across the country as they seek to innovate and improve service provision. This event continues to be the gold standard awards programme in healthcare and I’m confident participating will be a tremendous boost to everyone.”

Details of all shortlisted HSJ Awards entries have been added to HSJ Solutions, the best practice database available to HSJ Membership subscribers.

 Full list of winners 
Acute or Specialist Services Redesign - London and the South  Imperial College Healthcare, Connecting Care for Children
Acute or Specialist Services Redesign - North/Midlands/East Manchester University FT - Wythenshawe Hospital
Acute Sector Innovation RM Partners, hosted by The Royal Marsden, in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare Trust, St George’s Healthcare Trust and Epsom and St Helier Hospitals
Chief Executive of The Year Lesley Watts, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital FT
Clinical Leader of The Year Anthony Clarkson, Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHS Blood and Transplant
Community or Primary Care Services Redesign - London and the South Newham CCG
Community or Primary Care Services Redesign - North/Midlands/East Conexus Healthcare
Compassionate Patient Care Northumbria Healthcare FT - Developing a birth reflection service
Creating A Supportive Staff Culture East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information Sherwood Forest Hospital FT
Partnership of The Year Sodexo
Improved Partnerships Between Health and Local Government Gateshead Care Partnership 
Improvement in Emergency and Urgent Care Bradford Teaching Hospitals FT
Improving Care with Technology Surrey and Borders Partnership FT
Improving Outcomes Through Learning and Development  Kingston Hospital FT - Maternity Department
Innovation in Mental Health  East Midlands AHSN
Optimisation of Medicines Management AT Medics
Patient Digital Participation Chelsea and Westminster FT
Patient Safety Northumberland Tyne and Wear FT
Primary Care Innovation Mid-Mersey A&E Delivery Board, Widnes Vikings, Renova Developments and Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
Trust of The Year Northamptonshire Healthcare FT
Staff Engagement  Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Using Technology to Improve Efficiency NeuroCoRe
Workforce Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust
Widening Participation Royal United Hospitals Bath FT Project SEARCH partnership with Virgin Care and Fosse Way School
System Led Support for Carers Hertfordshire and West Essex STP Partnership

Winners of 2018 HSJ Awards revealed