Health Tech Leaders Awards 2020

On 18th June 2020 HTN will be hosting a live digital awards evening to share, recognise and say thank you to NHS professionals from across the country who have recently worked at pace to deliver health tech solutions within hours, days and weeks.

The new Health Tech Leaders Awards 2020 aim to recognise and share the work of people in health tech making a real difference.

Join us live here from 7:30PM, 18th June for an innovative evening, part of HTN Digital Week June 2020.

Please note the deadline for our main awards, the HTN Awards 2020 has been extended, find out more here.

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We have been both inspired by the mobilisation of the NHS response to this virus, as well as shocked by the impact it may have on the National Health Service which we all cherish and work to support in the ways that we do. We understand that this is a difficult time for all. Under such un-precedented measures, we are collaborating with our partners, looking at how we can support the NHS and help to reduce face-to-face contact to protect patients and staff, minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection. We are ramping up our support and delivery services for digital records which will provide practioners the ability to access patient information anywhere and support virtual clinics.

In collaboration with our partners, we are offering a FREE time-limited scanning and hosting service, to any NHS organisation that needs to transport/share patient (paper) records.


Health Tech Leader of the Year

Dr Rishi Das-Gupta, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Rishi heads up the innovation strategy and programme cutting across Transformation, Clinical Technology and IT. He has successfully established an integrated programme that enables technology driven change in support of patient care, patient experience and greater productivity.

Mark Hutchinson, Executive Chief Digital and Information Officer, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As Covid-19 hit, Gloucestershire Hospitals was in the middle of an EPR rollout, with e-observations about to land across two acute hospitals. Under executive CDIO Mark Hutchinson’s leadership, the trust held its nerve and launched; while Mark led the trust’s remote working digital response and its Covid-19 command centre.

Peter Thomas, Director of Digital Innovation and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Moorfields Eye Hospital has delivered a digital programme to give patients access to the vital eye care they need remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. The rollout of this service took place just two days after lockdown was announced and includes virtual A&E, oculoplastic, paediatric, counselling and pharmacy services.

Dr Minal Bakhai, GP, Deputy Director and National Clinical lead digital first primary care, NHS England and Improvement
Digital First Primary Care Team, NHS England and Improvement
Championing general practice and driving the procurement, adoption and implementation of online and video consultations across the country at pace. Developing guidance and coordinating hands on support for general practice to successfully adopt a total digital triage approach to support effective demand management, flexible remote working, provide patient centred choice and minimise the risk of exposure to COVID19 for patients and staff.

Dr Nicole Atkinson, GP & ICS Clinical Lead, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS

Nicole is a massive supporter of health tech and a system wide influencer. Creating a social movement across health and care and the local population articulating how digital can support access to health and care services, increasing NHS App uptake and usage to over 36,000 in a matter of weeks.

Outstanding Supplier Contribution

BJSS & NHS Digital

BJSS has been working with NHS Digital to help with repurposing existing technology, building new features and rapidly accelerating existing feature developments. 

This work includes making it easier for people to seek medical advice without leaving their homes. For example changes to data architecture to enable secondary care to report in COVID-19 related activity, and NHS login process, allowing more people to login into the NHS App by streamlining the approval process. Additionally, BJSS has supported the setup of a dedicated contact centre for COVID-19 testing queries.

BJSS and NHS Digital have also worked together to run a 48-hour procurement exercise to review and onboard supplier solutions providing virtual consultation solutions for the GPIT futures programme, and providing CCGs with signposting for solutions which support the COVID-19 response.


The team at accuRx dedicated themselves over the past ten weeks to expanding their products to assist the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. They added video consultations, two way messaging, document attachment and photo response.

Agfa HealthCare

Accelerating the roll-out of a new image exchange network across the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative (YIC) — a partnership between eight NHS service providers to transform services using technology.

Supporting Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) NHS Trust, where the bespoke integration of Microsoft Teams with Agfa’s XERO Imaging Viewer has ensured staff can quickly and securely discuss radiology images from anywhere in the hospital.

AdviseInc Ltd

Helping hospitals understand what PPE they had, where it was & how long it would last. Now over 200 public service organisations are using the tool daily. It tracks issues to departments, daily burn rates/consumption for forecasting, National Supplies Disruption (NSDR) tickets and more recently now track orders and deliveries to help with longer-term forecasting.

Healthcare Communications UK

The company has adapted many of its services to support healthcare teams with patient messaging, digital letters, FAQ chatbot services, eForms and virtual consultations. 

The Isolation Note project team from BJSS, Kainos and NHS Digital. 

In under two weeks, a combined multi-disciplinary team from BJSS, Kainos and NHS Digital delivered an online Covid-19 isolation note service. The tool – which relieves pressure on GP practices – plays an important role in the UK’s response to the pandemic. To date, it is has generated over 1,000,000 isolation notes.

TSG Technology Services
Jersey technology business, TSG, designed, built and implemented an online system to enable local frontline health care workers, and other Island services, to get the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they needed during the Coronavirus pandemic. TSG Health, designed the ‘PPE Online Portal’ which was ready for testing within 48 hours.

Making an Impact

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)

In the past month and a half, the automation team at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) have saved the NHS more than 8903 hours. The team have planned, architected and deployed automations at breakneck speed; putting new automations that would normally take 6 weeks to build, live within a 24-48 hour window.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust – Multi-Disciplinary Team

The cross site multi-disciplinary team has responded rapidly to the pandemic with the swift introduction of SARS-COV2 tests linked to the bed management system & radiology requesting, providing instant visibility on patient status, automatic alerting , real time data modelling, statutory reporting, and expansion to support local community hospitals .

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

In response to the COVID19 challenge impacting global laptop supplies and the need to work from home, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust deployed a virtual desktop solution to 630 users within nine working days saving the Trust £500k+ and permitting mass working from home at scale.

North West London NHS Trust and Open Medical Ltd
Open Medical’s bespoke cloud-based innovation, implemented rapidly within days, enabled ICU clinicians at a North West London NHS Trust to deliver a more streamlined process and greater operational oversight, leading to improved delivery of patient care.

Life Lines – Dr Joel Meyer, Critical Care Consultant at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and Life Lines Founder and Professor Louise Rose, Professor of Critical Care Nursing at King’s College, London and Life Lines Founder

Life Lines was created in days to respond to a heart-wrenching need to connect families and critically ill hospital patients during COVID-19. Collaboration of technical, clinical, academic and logistical experts created a bespoke virtual visiting solution and supplied 4G tablets with secure software to ICUs throughout the UK within weeks.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Covid-19 meant avoiding traditional face-to-face patient consultations. In days a project team was created meeting this challenge. Through leadership, agility, communications, optimum technological solutions & training HCT achieved impressive results. Throughout the pandemic (to end May) HCT has successfully delivered 3,500 video consultations across 35 services with great patient satisfaction.

Supporting Healthcare Teams

CareScan+ Team – North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Delivering a quick and effective tracking mechanism for ventilators used during the care of patients with Coronavirus. The team were able to adapt their locally designed track and trace system to provide front line and urgent response staff with the real-time location and condition of these vital pieces of equipment.

The Radar Healthcare team
The team launched a bespoke solution to help their customers track any Covid-19 related incidents. 

Royal Brompton & Harefield Critical Care, Transformation and IT Teams

Using Teams and crowdsourced webcams to enable video communication in-and-out of COVID-19 redzones, providing bedside nurses caring for unfamiliar patients with senior, remote, face-to-face support (including showing ventilator waveforms), as well as providing loved ones with the opportunity to see and speak to patients.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Southern Health deployed Servelec’s mobile EPR solution in 16 days from start to go-live during the peak of COVID-19. It’s used by up to 500 community nurses to securely access and capture information while in the community, helping with the increased demand now faced by the Trust.

Connected Notts – Nottingham & Notts ICS

The team developed a cloud based virtual desk stop solution to allow Primary Care and Out of Hours remote access to clinical systems.
South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust – Contact Centre

The SWLSTG Contact Centre team worked quickly and cohesively to put in place a set of measures to ensure the continued smooth running of the service for our patients, while also providing a safe working environment for our staff.

Alder Hey NHS Trust

The achievements of digital transformation in recent months at Alder Hey in result of a can-do attitude across the organisation in adopting new and often unfamiliar digital solutions to support the Covid-19 response.

Team Working At Pace

Barts Health NHS Trust

The informatics team at Barts Health NHS Trust quickly mobilised to deliver the technology needed to make the NHS Nightingale Hospital London work. A monumental project involving an array of systems and suppliers, the build of an entirely new infrastructure, and extensive integration was delivered in an extremely short timeframe.
The Dudley Group IT team / dbMotion roll-out team
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust was running a proof of concept trial of the dbMotion™ information sharing platform when it started admitting Covid-19 patients. Almost overnight, it delivered three to six months’ worth of roll-out work to give clinicians access to the information they needed to support them.

The Solutions Team – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The team received their first request for a COVID-19 related eform on 12th March 2020, when work began on a solution for requests for pharmacy deliveries, this was built, tested and published 4 days later. A total of 98 unique forms have been published to the live EPR system. The team have also been involved with creating a solution outside of the EPR to support staff screening of COVID-19, creating a secure, manageable database of this information. 
Moorfields Eye Hospital, digital innovation team led by Peter Thomas, director of digital innovation
Moorfields Eye Hospital has delivered a digital programme to give patients access to the vital eye care they need remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. The rollout of this service took place just two days after lockdown was announced and includes virtual A&E, oculoplastic, paediatric, counselling and pharmacy services.
NTH I&TS Directorate
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Implementing a range of collaboration platforms internally and externally by a relatively small team.

Health Tech Hero

Randal Whitmore, Product Manager – NHSX & Difrent

NHSX & Difrent are enabling key and essential workers to return to the frontline following negative Coronavirus test results. Together, they delivered the Coronavirus home test ordering service in 5 days which has delivered 100,000+ home testing kits and growing.

Jason Allen
Data Manager, Research & Development
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Research is a key weapon in our fight against COVID. Jason worked for long days and nights to set-up a research tracking tool in lightening fast time to enable research to be seamlessly carried out across numerous hospitals across the West Midlands. He is our secret weapon against COVID!

Kira Foster, Project Support Officer, Connected Nottinghamshire

Kira is Connected Nottinghamshire’s female rising stars and is a highly driven individual with a passion for business change and data analysis, skills that have been vital during the pressures of working in an NHS Digital Transformation Programme during Covid-19.

Dr Rosh Siva
Respiratory Consultant (lead Covid-19 Consultant)
Croydon Health Service NHS Trust

Collaboration between CRT (Croydon Respiratory Team) and PATIENTEER to provide optimal cohorthing and pathway management of COVID-19 patients at Croydon University Hospital.

Awards Evening

Please join us live from 7:30PM on 18th June 2020, on our website and twitter @health1tech.

We will be sharing details of the entries and publishing a highlights video of some of the great work. Of course we will also be announcing the highly commended entries and the winners!