Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care
Most Effective Contribution to Integrated Health and Care

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Whilst ICSs are only now becoming statutory organisations, the passing of the Health and Care Bill has solidified the long-term direction of travel towards reconfiguring services with the patient at the centre. Tearing down the provider-commissioner split will support the allocation of resources and funding around the needs of local populations, however much of this work has been underway for several years, with some systems now highly mature. 

This award will recognise private and third sector partners and projects which are enabling the health and care sector to deliver more integrated services. These enablers could be as diverse as the free flow of information across a system, a shared multidisciplinary workforce, transforming the built environment, deep-dive analytics into patient needs, however projects entered into this category should all have the ultimate aim of joining up care. 

Judges will be particularly interested in examples which bring together multiple partners, and that clearly evidence how greater integration has improved the quality of health services at a local level. 


  • This award is open to any private or third sector organisation which works in partnership with the NHS to facilitate integration at a local or regional system level 
  • These projects  and partnerships must demonstrate evidence or results from the past two years up until the awards deadline date 



  • Describe the context of the partnership and the type of integration being enabled within the local health and care economy 
  • Share how the project, process or solution was developed and tested, and how it served the patient or service user better than the NHS would be able to deliver alone 
  • Outline the targets set to measure the effectiveness of the project or service and the steps put in place to achieve them. 


  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the partnership and overall integration on patient outcomes, which could include improved patient experience, waiting time reduction, capacity increase or optimised treatment pathways. 
  • Discuss how the NHS has benefited from the partnership in terms of staffing, cost, reducing inefficiencies or ability to provide services. 
  • 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 health systems 


  • 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 from key stakeholders to show the efficacy and value of the partnership in joining up care 

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