Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative
Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative

Beyond the direct pressure of covid-19 on healthcare services, the long-term impact of missed appointments and the elective care backlog, from diagnosis and early intervention to treatment, is extremely pronounced. Data shows a 46% increase in patients waiting more than two years for treatment over April and May. While difficult to quantify, the detrimental impact of missed diagnoses and later-stage interventions is also widely acknowledged. The NHS is playing catchup on top of the lasting strain of the covid-19 pandemic. 

This award is for a supplier or service provider to the NHS supporting elective care recovery efforts, with proven outcomes that significantly reduce the backlog and/or contribute significantly to diagnosis and earlier-stage intervention on a large scale. 


  • Entrants can be any private or not-for-profit sector organisation working in partnership with NHS or public health organisations in response to covid-19 at a local or regional level. 
  • Evidence of outcomes must be provided, along with initial assessment of scope and method 


  • Describe the scope of the project including scale of challenge and all relevant partners 
  • What were the brief and the goals set?  
  • What measures were set to ensure expectations were met? 


  • Describe how the project was conceived and implemented in a quick and agile fashion 
  • What have been the results on the ground for both healthcare professionals and patients?  
  • Provide detailed evidence of improvements achieved and how they were delivered 
  • What challenges were met in project implementation and how did the solution provider work with the healthcare system at overcoming these? 
  • Provide testimonial evidence from staff and/or patients that have benefitted from the project 


  • What efforts have been made by the partnership to ensure others are gaining from the experience? 
  • How could the learnings from this project be applied in future national pandemic preparedness plans? 


  • What was the level of interaction between partners in terms of project concept, development and realisation?  
  • How has the partnership involved collaboration with patients and end-users within the NHS, and to what extent was this prioritised given the need for a quick and agile implementation?  
  • Provide testimonial evidence from each party within the partnership surrounding their level of involvement and engagement, and how they have consequently benefited. 


  • How has the project contributed to the lifesaving efforts of the health system in response to Covid-19 in the mid- to longer-term? 
  • Has the partnership resulted in any improvements to services or patient experience that will remain applicable long beyond the Covid-19 response? 
  • Provide supporting information to substantiate any claims here. 
Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative
Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative

To find out more

For entry enquiries, contact Ryan Bessent on 0207 608 9045 or email