To make step changes in the quality, safety, effectiveness, efficiency or responsiveness of a process or service, and enable continuous improvement, calculated risks must be taken. The implementation of a test bed or pilot helps to reduce this risk, and provides a more robust foundation on which to alter ways of working for the longer term. It also enables a period of reflection, review, and enhancement to ensure the proposed changes remain in the best interests of the patient, organisation, and staff.
This award celebrates the pilots creating the most efficiently run services across clinical, operational and support functions. These could involve either the exploration of a novel new approach or idea, or the application of a recommended best practice new to the organisation. Judges are looking for specific projects that are providing not only an improved patient experience or enabling financial savings, but making things better for staff as well.
Entries are welcomed from all NHS Trusts, CCGs, General Practice, Primary Care Networks and GP Federations. AHSNs, 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.
Projects must still be within, or have just completed, their initial pilot phase – those further along in their implementation will instead be considered for the HSJ Value Award of the Year.