HM HT - HSJsmallHealthcare companies have been invited to enter a new awards scheme designed to recognise private sector organisations that work behind the scenes to help the NHS deliver better and more cost-effective patient care.

The unique programme, which has categories for 19 different types of organisations, has been launched by Health Service Journal (HSJ), a premium intelligence and events service for all healthcare leaders working in, for, or with the NHS.

Known as the HSJ Partnership Awards, it will reward inspirational work carried out for the NHS by organisations including pharma companies, architects, builders, facilities managers, IT experts, and med tech firms.

A vast range of joint working projects will be eligible for recognition. Projects will range from the design or construction of a new hospital building, to new analytical data systems, to innovative support ensuring patient drug adherence.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate that their projects have made a tangible difference to the NHS by, for example, improving services, facilities, or quality of life for patients, or saving money.

Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ, says: “Hundreds of organisations are working behind the scenes to help the NHS improve its services and facilities, and deliver better care for patients. Yet their contribution is often unseen.

“We hope to change that through the HSJ Partnership Awards, which will give companies the chance to showcase the innovative projects and long-term support programmes that are really making a difference to the NHS in these challenging economic times.”

Mark Orchard, Director of Finance at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, says: “The awards present a unique opportunity to acknowledge the NHS’ valued private sector partners, recognising talent, innovation, and demonstrable improvement across the health service.

The NHS operates in an economic environment that continues to challenge us in demonstrating the best decision-making on behalf of patients, service users, taxpayers, and the public.

“These awards give us the opportunity to recognise those private sector partners which make a significant contribution to the service that we all proudly support. I’d encourage all partners to take this opportunity to share innovation and achievement so that we may both celebrate best practice, and share that learning across the wider health service.”

For details on the individual categories and entry criteria, please log on to www.partnership.hsj.co.uk.

hsj-partnership-840x470Entries must be submitted by 13 October 2017, with the awards ceremony scheduled to take place at the Royal College of Physicians, London on 8 March 2018.