HealthTrust Europe is delighted to announce that our Digital Pathology project has been Highly Commended in the Procurement Project of the Year at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising our outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS across multiple complex systems.
The event was attended by over 900 guests, bringing together national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector to celebrate the crucial contributions of the private sector within the NHS. The evening celebrated the achievements of a total of 141 finalists over 21 categories.
The Health & Care Act cites collaboration and partnership working as the key success factor for the future sustainability of the NHS. The HSJ Partnerships Awards are therefore not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our integrated health and care system.
The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, recognises and honours the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. Entering, being chosen as a Finalist, then being honoured with a High Commendation shines a light on HealthTrust Europe’s role in strengthening the healthcare system. This accolade also validates the importance of this project and gives our team the confidence to continue its tireless support work.
The judging panel comprised a diverse range of 90 highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector.
The Digital Pathology project partnership was selected based on its diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients across 19 NHS Trusts in the PathLAKE consortium. There was no pre-existing dedicated procurement route designed specifically to support requirements for digital pathology, creating a significant barrier to the overall project success.
The scope was to digitise histopathology slides and transition Trusts towards full digitalisation via the procurement of digital slide scanners and Image Management Software, enabling the foundation to advance towards clinical diagnostics via Artificial Intelligence solutions.
Key stakeholders were mapped and engaged, including Pathologists, Clinical Directors,
Laboratory Staff, Procurement Leads, IT Leads, Project Management Leads which formed critical support for the project to be successful and be delivered within the required timeframe.
As a direct result of this procurement procedure the consortium has benefitted from the power of aggregated spend resulting in a significant direct 30% saving for members of PathLAKE Plus across the services, supporting the Carter efficiency programme aims.
Quote from spokespersons
Dale Robinson, COO at HealthTrust Europe comments, “We are incredibly proud to have been Highly Commended in the Procurement Project of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team to successfully implement the ‘Upscaling of Digital Pathology project’. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be included in the category among the other incredible nominees is a real achievement. To be recognised by the judges in this way in the renowned HSJ Partnership Awards provides a seal of approval for the work that we strive to deliver and supports all the hard work of both our team and our NHS partners at UHCW Trust and PathLAKE Plus. We continue to progress our partnership work with an extra sense of pride and a continued commitment to provide outstanding services to the NHS.”
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments, “We’re delighted that HealthTrust Europe is Highly Commended in the category of Procurement Project of the Year at this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. The work of HealthTrust Europe has been recognised in an outstanding field of nominees, each showcasing the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector today. Well done HealthTrust Europe – all credit to you and your team – you can be proud of all that you’ve achieved.”
Winners and Highly Commended projects were selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony.