Faced with operational constraints through the pandemic and the enormous demand of delivering mass vaccination programmes, primary care services have continued to deliver world class care in difficult circumstances. As the front door to an increasingly pressured NHS, strengthening access to primary care services and finding innovative ways to deliver out of hospital care are essential levers for future NHS sustainability.
The recent Fuller Stocktake highlighted the need to grow overall primary care capacity and think differently about service design to better anticipate the needs of different patient groups – this cannot be achieved without private sector support. This could include new roles and ways of working, collaborations with system partners, creative thinking about place of care, or digital interventions to increase capacity and access.
This award will recognise projects and partnerships improving capacity, service access and ultimately patient outcomes within a specific neighbourhood or system. Judges will be particularly interested in projects, improvements and innovations that have been genuinely co-produced by the NHS and private sector. These will have involved close consultation with patients and achieved high levels of staff engagement.
- This award is open to any private sector organisation which works in partnership with an NHS organisation in a primary or community care setting
- These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date