HSJ Partnership Awards 2024 - Long Term Partnership with the NHS Award
Long Term Partnership with the NHS Award

How to apply

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NHS priorities are constantly changing – whether driven by a dynamic political and economic climate, emerging policy and guidance from the centre, changes in leadership and strategic direction at trust or ICS level, or global crises such as a pandemic. How partners, suppliers and contractors to the NHS support, flex and adapt through these times is paramount to the ongoing delivery of goals and upholding the very best standards in patient care.  

This award recognises partnerships of 5 years or more, where the private sector or non-for-profit partner can demonstrate their support to the NHS in achieving its goals throughout the period. The winner of this award will be a true partner, collaborative to the core, who has helped to find solutions and rise to new challenges, standing shoulder to shoulder with the NHS through both good and more difficult times.  

The partnerships recognised may be at a local, regional or national level and may be for one or more organisations. Entries will demonstrate impact and outcomes, as well as agility, innovation and a focus on value and cost-efficiency. 


  • This award is open to any private sector organisation which works in partnership with an NHS organisation on a long-term basis, across any setting 
  • These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past five years up until the awards deadline date – working consistently with at least one NHS organisation 



  • Describe the context of the partnership and why it was initially formed, how long has it been in place and who is involved.  
  • How has the partnership evolved and changed over time the reason that innovation or improvements were required. 
  • How has the partner adapted to the changing requirements of the NHS organisation/s and demonstrated innovation and agility to meet these needs. 


  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the partnership and how the solution has served the patient or service user better than the NHS was able to deliver alone. 
  • Describe any innovative practices generated by the partnership which have created beneficial outcomes. 
  • Outline the targets set to measure the effectiveness of the improvement, innovation, or new way of working and the steps put in place to achieve them. 


  • 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 improvements or innovations. 
  • Show how patients and staff contributed towards and added value to the goals and outcomes of the partnership. 
  • Evidence the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation in the design of any new innovation or adaptation to existing working practices. 


  • What financial benefits have been realised by the partnership, 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 and measurable non-monetary improvements within the NHS organisation? 
  • 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