HSJ Awards 2024 - Trust of the Year
Trust of the Year

Trusts continue to manage the demands and pressures of an unprecedented and challenging operating environment. Addressing growing waiting lists, surging demands on emergency care departments, financial sustainability, staff well-being, and the implications of industrial action – demand visionary leadership to ensure the future sustainability of the trust, along with strong operational and financial management. 

The winner of this award will be an organisation which is facing these challenges head on with a focus on outcomes and staff wellbeing. Judges will be looking for initiatives which deliver performance against targets, clinical quality and safety. A Trust of the Year will need to demonstrate initiatives which drive inclusivity and representation across the organisation and investment in widening participation. Judges will want to see clear evidence of sustainable finances, as well as strong evidence of system working to deliver the highest quality care for patients.   

The award will recognise those trusts which are offering excellent, patient-centric care built on strong engagement between clinicians within and beyond the organisation. We are particularly seeking organisations with a clear understanding of how they will need to adapt to create a viable long-term local health economy. 


This award is open all NHS acute, mental health, ambulance and specialist UK NHS trusts.


  • What is the overall vision for the trust? Provide supporting evidence for any claims made, with referenced information.  
  • What are the biggest challenges which have faced the trust in the past few years? How is the trust facing these challenges? 
  • Describe the financial sustainability of the trust and provide relevant detail in the supporting evidence. 
  • What are the staffing and cultural challenges including retention, well-being, freedom to speak up, inclusion and representation? 
  • Describe the focus on safety and clinical excellence. 
  • Provide supporting evidence for any claims made, with referenced information. 


  • How is the vision being achieved? Share an example of a specific initiative in your supporting material that supports this point.
  • Describe trust performance against national, regional and local targets.
  • What initiatives are improving staff wellbeing, representation and inclusion across the trust? Provide supporting evidence (staff surveys, testimonials etc) to evidence the results.
  • How does the trust maintain and continually improve patient safety? Include a description of how a positive and learning culture contributes to safety.
  • How do partnerships, collaborations and integrated care initiatives contribute toward care excellence at the trust?


  • How does the trust work with other healthcare organisations to spread best practice learning?
  • Describe an initiative with supporting evidence that demonstrates the trust’s efforts to share improvements and what that has achieved.
  • How does the trust work collaboratively across the ICS to ensure seamless care delivery, and what makes your trust a valuable and responsive partner within the system?


  • How does the trust approach patient experience and provide services which meet expectations?
  • Describe service initiatives designed to improve efficiency and reduce variation enabling a better quality of care for patients.
  • Discuss how value for money is being realised across the trust, and evidence how this has impacted patient outcomes


  • How does the trust engage with its staff? What efforts are made to involve staff in the vision for the trust?
  • How does the trust engage with patients, carers and families and how are they involved with the vision for the trust?
  • Describe initiatives which create well-being and satisfaction in the workforce, with specific examples of initiatives which focus on culture, participation and representation.
  • Describe any joint initiatives with other organisations providing health and care including integrated services, partnerships and local government.

To find out more

Entries, attendance and sponsorship enquiries, contact Luke Adeniran 0203 004 5713;
Media and marketing enquiries, contact Honey de Gracia 0207 608 9002;
Judging and event management, contact Sheena Patel 0207 608 9039