HSJ Awards 2024 - Mental Health Innovation of the Year
Mental Health Innovation of the Year

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With over 24,000 children and young people on mental health waiting lists and record referral numbers, amid rising debt, a deepening cost of living crisis and mounting staff frustration and strike action, mental health services are feeling more pressure than ever. 

Whilst the Reforming the Mental Health Act White Paper and draft Mental Health Bill propose to tackle service capacity, funding and workforce requirements for the future  this award celebrates the innovators in the NHS who have long been working away, often out of the spotlight, to improve care for the one in four of us who experience mental ill health in any given year. 

This award is about seeking out the innovation that is leading the way in delivering better services, empowering service users to put them at the centre of care, engaging the community and reducing stigma.  


This award is open to all NHS and public sector organisations, teams and services delivering positive outcomes for mental health patients.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the innovation include a context in which this was required
  • What was the vision and how was this new or different from existing best practice?
  • How were solutions researched and tested? Provide supporting evidence that supports comprehensive engagement with patients in the planning.
  • What measures well put in place to test efficacy?


  • How has the innovation led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money? This must have a quantitative aspect but can include qualitative feedback as well.
  • Provide testimonial evidence of the effectiveness, where possible from patients.


  • How has the best practice learning been shared outside the mental health provider?
  • What evidence is there that this innovation has potential for positive outcomes elsewhere?
  • Provide supporting material to support any achievements.


  • How has the patient experience improved?
  • What has been the impact on staff?
  • Give detail on the efficiency, capacity and how this has contributed to value for money and outcomes


  • Provide an explanation of how an innovation culture has been nurtured within the team or organisation to enable these results.
  • Provide detailed evidence of patient involvement in the innovation.
  • How have the teams involved worked with partners to deliver results?

Mental Health Innovation of the Year

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Media and marketing enquiries, contact Honey de Gracia 0207 608 9002;
Judging and event management, contact Sheena Patel 0207 608 9039