The impacts of the pandemic have forced all trusts to rethink the way they deliver care, and accelerating innovation will continue to be crucial to the future of the health service given the focus of the Long-Term Plan on technology and digitisation. This does not simply mean coming up with new ideas. It increasingly means reliably identifying and spreading best practice, perhaps combining elements of tech with working practices to solve particularly challenging problems.
This award will recognise NHS acute sector organisations doing just that. Our judges will be looking for innovations which are improving patient care, leading to improved experience and outcomes. They will be keen to identify NHS acute organisations where innovation is truly nurtured – where good ideas are quickly identified and spread within and beyond the boundaries of the organisation.
We are not seeking reinventions of the wheel: we want to hear from teams who are doing something genuinely new, while building on the good practice already out there. Innovations which have been genuinely co-produced with patients will be of particular interest.
The award is open to all NHS acute or specialist organisations.