HealthTrust Europe shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023

HealthTrust Europe is delighted to announce that ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership with PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has been shortlisted for ‘Procurement Project of the Year’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

The national healthcare sector has faced many pressures recently, yet the dedication of this partnership in overcoming complex challenges highlights the enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes.

The outcome of the project partnership is to deliver digital pathology, AI capabilities and laboratory interoperability as part of the OLS Digital Pathology and imaging AI Scale Up Programme across a consortium of 19 NHS Trusts, and to share best practice across the NHS on the upscaling of digital pathology capabilities, leading to improved patient outcomes in pathways such as reducing cancer diagnostic waiting times. The existing procurement route was fragmented and challenging. HealthTrust Europe created an innovative compliant framework employing various creative approaches to a complex and clinically lead procurement process.

Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award has given our partnership teams acknowledgement for the outstanding work that has, and continues to deliver lifesaving patient outcomes that is nationally reproducible and the team’s efforts and continued work is recognised.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for HealthTrust Europe. The project ‘Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership has been selected based on their diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care system, and is an example of how HealthTrust Europe creates partnerships across the health and care system.

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s COO, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Procurement Project of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team to successfully implement ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our NHS partners at PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to support the NHS delivery of improved care for patients.”

Dr David Clark, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust’s Clinical Lead for Digital Pathology Implementation, said:

“None of this would have happened without the support of the PathLAKE Plus project funded by Innovate UK and the procurement run by HealthTrust Europe”

Representative for the Department of Health & Social Care, said:

“DHSC are delighted that HealthTrust Europe are being nominated for the Procurement Project of the Year Award in their efforts to scale-up digital pathology services for the NHS as part of the PathLAKE Plus project, as we recognise that better procurement not only provides essential cost savings for a key public sector organisation but also provides better value for money.

Technology is a force for good in our fight against deadly diseases – it can transform and save lives through faster diagnosis, free up clinicians to spend time with their patients and make every pound in the NHS go further.”

Steve Blunden, Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Operations Manager at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said:

“…It is without doubt that working with PathLAKE Plus and Health Trust Europe has greatly improved our understanding of what is needed in order to procure and implement Digital Pathology across the South West Peninsula. HealthTrust Europe guided us through the procurement process…. using lessons they had learnt supporting other partners…”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“We would like to congratulate HealthTrust Europe on being nominated in the category of Procurement Project of the Year ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

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