NHS trusts and organisations are some of the most efficiently run public bodies in the country and the service is the “best value healthcare system in the world.” With tight budgets and an understaffed workforce with limited resources they are by nature, lean.
The Lord Carter review espouses several high level goals in terms of improvements and productivity and many quarters of the NHS are well on their way to high standards of operation.
Empowering staff to make decisions on the ground, reducing unwanted variation, sharing best practice across boundaries and further integration and “genuine collaboration” are all recommendations which are being realised across the country.
This award recognises the people and projects creating the most efficiently run services across clinical, operational and support functions. Judges are looking for specific projects which have delivered improvements in care and experience. Initiatives which are creating more capacity for patients to be treated; that have removed unnecessary procedures; projects that are providing not only an improved patient experience but making things better for staff as well.
Entries are welcomed from all NHS Trusts, CCGs, General Practice, Primary Care Networks and GP Federations. STPs and integrated systems are also invited to submit. Entries into other specific categories in the HSJ Value Awards are also invited to submit into this category as well. Support, operational and clinical projects are all welcomed