Mental Health Innovation of the Year

How to apply

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  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running.

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For any questions, please contact Ryan Bessent

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Media attention and public awareness of mental health issues has rapidly increased over recent years. Many commitments were made in the NHS Long Term Plan towards mental health, and the sector has been promised an additional £2.3bn of funding by 2023-24. These commitments and funding were much-needed, especially given the additional strain on resources we see following the Covid-19 crisis and resulting UK lockdowns.  

Yet the reality is innovators in the NHS 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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Mental Health Innovation of the Year

To find out more

Entries, attendance and sponsorship enquiries, contact Ryan Bessent  0207 608 9045;
Media and marketing enquiries, contact Honey de Gracia 0207 608 9002;
Judging and event management, contact Sheena Patel 0207 608 9039