The winners of the inaugural HSJ Partnership Awards were announced on 8 March at Banking Hall, London and we are absolutely elated to be named as one of them! The awards are first ever celebration of the innovation and excellence demonstrated by the NHS’s commercial partners.

The awards saw fierce competition with over 100 entries, and from those 12 deserving winners were decided by our expert panel of judges, and not to forget the 7 collaborations also receiving a high commendation in their category.

Partners provide an important source of innovation for the health service, their contribution shone through their submissions reviewed by the HSJ Partnerships Awards judges. It’s clear that the need for efficiency and improved patient outcomes are firmly at the centre of their work, and the companies chosen as finalists hold valued relationships with the service.

Judges were particularly impressed with the integration of NHS customers in product and service design across the board and their representation at all stages of the awards entry process. Great working partnerships between sectors are of benefit to all and HSJ has rightly created a platform to recognise their fantastic work.

“The innovation displayed by our winners and finalists is impressive. It is also, of course, vital to the service’s sustainability and future. Faced with seemingly impossible efficiency targets, and having made every possible economy, NHS organisations need their expertise to maintain service quality within an ever-tightening budget. There is also little chance of the Five Year Forward View becoming reality without advances developed by commercial suppliers becoming an integral part of the NHS operating model. The companies we celebrate are those that have accepted the challenge to help the NHS deliver during a period of intense pressure.”
Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ

What the judges said about the Best Workforce Innovation entry:
‘The judges were extremely impressed by the winner’s commitment and passion, which delivered a product that was able to demonstrate clear value for money.’

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