The mammoth challenge of recovering the elective care backlog will be felt by all parts of the NHS, from hospitals delivering care, to primary care services dealing with latent demand and increased pressures on community, mental health and ambulance services.
Covid has accelerated a shift towards collaboration across these services and unlocked innovative ways of working which are being used to help tackle the backlog whilst ensuring safety remains central to care during the recovery period.
This award will recognise initiatives local systems have put in place to prioritise and optimise access to elective care services, including, risk stratifying by clinical need and planning for increased demand in specific areas, the use of technology to help reduce waiting lists, patient involvement in the process of prioritisation and integrated approaches which have enabled rapid innovation in service delivery.
Judges are interested both in projects that look to prioritise safety whilst resuming elective care services. Entries are accepted from across the NHS and public sector.