HSJ Partnership Awards 2024 - Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare 
Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare 

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Improving the population’s health and preventing illness is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan, and with an aging population and limited resources, is integral to the long-term financial sustainability of the NHS. Secondary prevention – catching the causes of ill health as early as possible to reduce the chances of them becoming more serious – has long been a focus for NHS leaders, and many health and care systems are uniting their NHS and local government resources to focus on improving the number of “healthy life years” for their local citizens. 

This award recognises the role of private and third sector organisations in developing strategies, engagement campaigns and/or direct interventions that help the NHS support citizens to live independent, healthier lives. These could be related to specific lifestyle risk factors for ill health, for example smoking, alcohol, obesity, or focus on the earlier detection and secondary or tertiary prevention of specific conditions. 

Judges will be particularly interested in projects that have been genuinely co-produced by the NHS, public health teams and the private or third sector, involving close consultation with local system leaders and service users, to shift the dial towards a more preventative health and care system.  


  • This award is open to any private or third sector organisation which works in partnership with an NHS organisation or public health team on disease prevention 
  • Judges are looking for a clearly-defined project scope and demonstrable outcomes  
  • Evidence must relate to a project, ongoing or completed within the past 2 years up until the award entry deadline  


  • Describe the scope of the project; what was the context or need for this work, and why could this project not have been executed by the public sector without help?  
  • What did the project team hope to achieve and how would this affect the local population and improve the number of ‘healthy life years’ they experience?   
  • Outline the targets set to measure the effectiveness of the project the steps put in place to achieve them.  


  • Share how the project was realised and how it performed versus the goals laid out at the commencement of the project 
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the partnership on patient outcomes, experience and/or staff ability to deliver better services across the local population.   
  • Discuss how the NHS or public health team 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  
  • Evidence 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 
  • Discuss the scope for further replication of the results or methodologies from this project or partnership 


  • Describe how the different partners worked together to co-design the interventions or improvements  
  • 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 strategies, concepts or adaptations to existing working practices.  


  • What financial benefits have been realised by the partnership, or if partnering has cost the public sector more money than delivering the project alone, how have the non-monetary benefits outweighed the costs?  
  • Discuss to what extent the project has contributed to improvements in quality of life and/or earlier-stage intervention across the local population 
  • Describe any other material and measurable non-monetary improvements generated by the partnership 
  • Provide testimonial evidence from the target beneficiaries of the project surrounding the value created  

To find out more

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