HTN People and Partnership Awards 2020 meet the winners

In this article we cover the winners of the awards and highlight their projects and link to resources for further information.

You can read about the awards evening on Twitter @health1tech or using #HTNDigitalWeek.

To read about some of the projects that entered the awards, you can view the finalists here > 

Overall Winner / Excellence in Implementation – Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – eHospital Team

Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Director of Digital & Chief Clinical Information Officer at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: “As a Trust we are absolutely delighted to have won ‘Excellence in implementation’ and immensely proud of the work of our in-house eHospital digital team who are equally as thrilled to receive the ‘Overall winner’ award.”

“These accolades are a testament to what we are achieving in joining up healthcare for our patients, through real-time sharing of digital records both nationally and internationally, digital link with primary care partners and with secondary care neighbours Royal Papworth Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital, our MyChart patient portal with over 24,000 patients now registered, and our national first accreditation to send structured Transfer of Care messaging using FHIR based messaging. All of these initiatives combined means that our patients, their hospital clinicians and their GPs, all have a more comprehensive view of health status; enabling more informed decision-making and involving patients more in their care.”

We recently interviewed Dr Afzal Chaudhry here.

There is also a great case study on the digital transformation at the trust here.


Delivering for Front Line Staff – University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust – Analytical Command Centre

The analytical command centre is an interactive, live dashboard that allows front-line staff to visualise patient flow, proactively manage pressures across the healthcare system and improve patient care and experience.

We covered this project recently here.


Improving Efficiencies for Back Office Teams – Patchwork – Implementation of an innovative technology solution to transform temporary staffing

This was for the implementation of an innovative technology solution to transform temporary staffing. To combat the challenges facing York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust an innovative solution was needed. Patchwork was introduced with the aim of streamlining all temporary staffing processes and allowing visibility of data. Post-implementation, YTH has had a significant increase in overall fill rates, reduction in administration time, and streamlined recruitment of bank staff to join the Trust.

Most Promising Solution – Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Lancaster University and System C

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, together with The University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Lancaster University and healthcare IT company System C, is taking part in a first of its kind research study to develop an electronic early warning system for children in hospital with the aim of reducing critical care transfers.

Markus Bolton, joint chief executive, System C “We are delighted the DETECT project has been awarded this recognition.  It’s the first large study of its kind in children in the UK, and a tremendous collaborative effort to reduce emergency admissions to critical care in children.  Important research such as this really helps to ensure an NHS that is world class.”

Team Work and Collaboration – Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Foundation Trust – Collaborative Working in Health Care : improving cancer patient experience and outcomes

Demonstrating a collaborative approach, between an acute Trust Hospital and FORCE (local cancer charity), to provide an informed and effective regional model of sustainable Health and WellBeing Information and Support to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Maria Bracey, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Foundation Trust “We would like to make a special thank you to the great team effort it took to reach this achievement from our administrative team, library services, IT services, CNS’s and the Living With and Beyond Cancer team including FORCE ( Local cancer Charity).”


Bright Idea and Innovation – Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

The Better lives, health futures Family Health Services website has been developed with the dual focus of saving staff time and allowing families easy access, whenever they need it, to useful advice and the most up-to-date information on how to best care for their children.

 View the website here:

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust said “We want to share our thanks to all those who were involved in the hard work developing the website.  The BDCFT Family Services Clinical Leadership team, our Communications Team and our web Developers BML Ltd for all of the content and development work.  We also wish to thank our Family Services staff and service users for their feedback which shaped the design and feel of the site, and will continue to do so as we further develop the site to cover the older children we support.”


Excellence for Patients – AccuRx – Bringing patients and their healthcare teams together

AccuRx Chain has transformed patient communication in primary care. It has enabled 50,000 staff in 3,000 GP practices to message 6 million patients quickly and easily, saving each user 40 minutes per day, reducing calls to the practice and letters sent out, as well as improving patient experience.

Find out more here