Best Educational Programme for the NHS - HSJ Partnership Awards 2019
Improving the skills and knowledge of staff who treat patients, manage systems and deliver services will help to improve patient outcomes. Upskilling can also improve capacity as well as care. Many types of business have an interest in working with NHS organisations to help educate and train workforces. Whether new treatments, technologies or processes there should be a benefit to the patient and to the staff.
Judges will be looking for educational programmes which have improved the skills and knowledge of staff within an NHS organisation. Winners will be able to demonstrate a link between their partnership and the results. Demonstrable benefits could be improved capacity, treatment pathways, and patient outcomes.
- This award is open to any type of private business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation to deliver education and training
- Single partnership or joint working projects
- Any size of education programme which can demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date
What was the context of the partnership? Describe the goals within which an educational joint working arrangement was necessary. Who was the educational programme for and how were long term outcomes considered within the planning? Judges will be looking for clear contextual evidence that improved staff knowledge and expertise in specialist subjects was necessary and that the surrounding goals had clearly defined outcomes such as improvements in treatment applications, capacity increase or process advancement.
How were the benefits realised? Judges will be looking for clear demonstrable evidence on results measured against targets supported by testimonials from NHS staff, and if relevant patients. How has the educational programme gone on to deliver results in the context of the partnership and further down the line? What considerations have been given to long-term outcomes? Was the project value for money?
Evidence must be provided to support any claims of success including qualitative and quantitative material such as statistics on patient outcomes or time saved.
How have NHS staff used the knowledge gained in educational programmes for the benefit of other NHS organisations or other departments? Have staff been able to transfer knowledge acquired in any other fields or disciplines? Has the educational programme been designed in such a way as to allow continuous learning rather than a siloed opportunity? What follow up opportunities have been offered to upskill further to the benefit of other outcomes?
Judges are looking for projects which although have immediate benefits within the treatment pathway or application, may also have positive knock-on effects with further dissemination of best practice.
How was the programme designed and did the planning involve the end users to ensure best practice initiatives were achieved? Involvement of stakeholders including patients and staff in the design of an educational programme to improve outcomes could garner better results. Judges are looking for courses which have put the recipients at the centre of their design to ensure best results.
Evidence of involvement from relevant stakeholders is important including any proof of consultations, trials and testing of the materials where relevant.
Judges will be looking for supporting testimony of improvements in the results of educational programmes including evidence of value for money investment and other relevant measures. Consideration will be given to substantiated claims of improved patient outcomes as a direct result of the upskilling of staff.