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