HSJ Partnership Awards 2024 -  Data Integration Project of the Year 
Data Integration Project of the Year 

How to apply

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The effective flow of information both across differing teams within an NHS organisation, or more importantly across a system, is integral to delivering joined-up care pathways and ensuring effective allocation of resources. However, many datasets are still inaccessible by care providers, creating barriers to integrated care.  

Trusts are now mandated to have an EPR in implementation phase by December 2023, and systems are forming business intelligence and analytics functions, in order to ensure data is used as a critical driver of decision making. This is where partners can add real value.   

Whether through managing the underlying infrastructure, wholesale technological change or creating and applying new platforms for sharing patient records; this award recognises how private sector partners have contributed tools and expertise to transform information flow and improve data-driven decision making across the NHS.  


  • Entrants are technology providers, consultancies or other private sector organisations working in partnership with NHS organisations, to deliver improved information sharing mechanisms across different organisations, at a PCN, ICS, regional or wider level  
  • Evidence will be related to ongoing or completed projects with a system from the past 2 years  


  • Describe the context and scope of the project including all relevant partners in the system   
  • Provide clear evidence that the co-developed solution served the patient or service user better than the NHS was able to deliver alone.  
  • Provide detail on the challenges of bringing disparate parties around the table and how the partnership aimed to bridge the divide  
  • Outline the targets set to measure the effectiveness of the project and the steps put in place to achieve them.  


  • Clearly demonstrate how the integration of records, data and information has improved patient experience, outcomes and seamless service provision 
  • Discuss any challenges that were faced during implementation and how partners worked together effectively to overcome them 
  • Outline how the NHS organisation has benefited from the project and share quantitative or testimonial evidence demonstrating the specific impacts on healthcare professionals and care providers  
  • Describe any innovative practices generated by the partnership which have created beneficial outcomes.  


  • Describe how the business has worked with the NHS to ensure best practice learning has been disseminated.  
  • Discuss to what extent the best practice elements or innovations generated by the partnership have been adopted by other NHS departments or organisations within the wider ICS.


  • Describe how the different partners worked together to co-design the data/information sharing solution, or throughout the testing and implementation phases 
  • Discuss how, and at what stage, patients and staff contributed towards and added value to the goals and outcomes of the project 
  • Evidence the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation of all parties in the design of the new system  


  • What financial benefits have been realised by the project, or if partnering has cost the NHS more money than delivering the project alone, how have the non-monetary benefits outweighed the costs?  
  • How has the partnership led to material improvements in capacity or efficiency, and delivered value for money? 
  • Provide testimonial evidence of the effectiveness of the partnership from both NHS staff and patients. 

To find out more

For entry enquiries, contact James Elliot on james.elliott@wilmingtonplc.com