HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year

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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.


  • Describe the context of the pilot – was it a medical/clinical, operational, organisational or communications project?
  • Describe the initial scope of the pilot, and any amendments that have been made over time
  • Explain the initial targets and goals that were set, and what new targets (if applicable) are being set longer term
  • Judges are looking for starting point from which a percentage or quantitative improvement can be made.


  • Provide quantitative and qualitative evidence of success in the testing and initial implementation of the pilot project
  • Judges will be looking for evidence which clearly shows change and improvement from the starting place to the current position
  • Describe the impact of your success in terms of some of the following areas
    • Reduction of unwanted variation
    • Local and inter-organisational collaboration
    • Clinical quality and quality of care
    • Patient and staff experience
    • Improvements in efficiency, capacity and reduced bureaucracy
    • Removal of unnecessary procedures
    • Staff ability to perform and deliver better services
  • How are these results to be sustained and/or improved upon moving forward?


  • How, and to what extent, has the success of the pilot been communicated and shared elsewhere with the organisation or system?
  • Judges are looking for potential of application across other departments and in the wider health sector


  • Describe the value created so far, in terms of efficiency, financial savings, outcomes and/or patient experience
  • Detail any ways in which the pilot benefited the organisation or system outside of the original expectations
  • Considering the potential of the project, what and where might value be achieved in the future?


  • Provide clear evidence surrounding the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation in the design of the pilot
  • Describe how staff, patients and other stakeholders across the organisation were engaged in the design and implementation of the pilot
  • Share how feedback has been captured from these groups as the pilot has progressed, and what enhancements this has delivered

To find out more

For all enquiries, please contact Awards Support on awardssupport@hsj.co.uk