The work of 149 teams and organisations was celebrated at Manchester Central last night at the HSJ Value Awards 2021, a chance to recognise the projects that have driven significant improvements in the health system.

The awards honour the operational, financial and clinical improvements across the health system, many of which have played an important role in the fight against covid and the battle for full service restoration.

Judging took place in April but due to restrictions posed by covid it wasn’t until yesterday that the winners were announced, adding a layer of suspense to this year’s proceedings.

This year there were 20 categories, with new ones including the Post-Covid Sustainable Transformation Award, Public and Preventative Health Service Redesign Initiative, Digital Clinical Transformation Award and HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year.

Winners had devised a telephone service to promote holistic care of cancer patients, a digital recovery platform for severe mental illness, a pathway to attract non-training doctors wishing to pursue a surgical career and a software that sent eCalendar invites and reminders for cervical screening, among many others.

AdviseInc were the partner for the HSJ Value Award of the Year, and MediCinema the charity partner.