Specialist Service Award - HSJ Value Awards 2019
The number of patients in need of specialist services is relatively small, but the care they receive can be literally lifesaving. Notably, such services also account for 14 per cent of the NHS budget – or £13.8bn each year. This category celebrates specialist services, seeking outstanding examples where value and improvement is being delivered daily.
The category is open to commissioners, providers, and private sector organisations working with the NHS. We are particularly keen to explore how planned changes to specialised commissioning are already influencing practice in this area.
- A clear rationale for the project
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in specialist services
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
Evidence the project has led to improved value in specialist services. This should include a quantitative aspect and can also include qualitative outcomes such as patient experience measures.
Proof the project met or surpassed its original goal
Initiatives that are demonstrably or potentially scalable and replicable and evidence the teams involved are active in sharing best practice.
Clear evidence the work has improved value in specialist services. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
Clear evidence all relevant parties were involved in the service delivery, including patients
Evidence of effective working between specialist services and other providers and professionals