The answer to the question of how to make the NHS sustainable invariably includes primary care: the idea of supporting patients to stay out of hospital and receive care closer to home. Making this a reality means finding innovative ways to deliver this care, as was consistently evident throughout the pandemic. It is also not merely a matter of coming up with good ideas – something in which the NHS has a sterling track record – but identifying ideas quickly and accelerating their spread.
The judges will be looking for innovations which have proven themselves to be effective and are demonstrating value although might not have significant evidence. Judges are also looking for evidence-based innovations based on existing best practice leading to better primary care. We are particularly keen to hear about innovations which have had a cross-organisation and cross-sector impact.
This award is open to NHS primary care teams and organisations which can demonstrate improved outcomes as a result of innovation.