Innovation in Care

The Innovation in Care award recognises the work of an individual or team in a hospice or palliative care organisation who, through a novel approach, has improved the experience of people with a progressive and life threatening condition, their families and carers.

Innovation in Care Award

The pandemic has accelerated innovation in care across the whole of the hospice sector, and St Oswald’s Hospice Lymphodema Service really stood out for us when choosing a winner.

This project extended the benefits of St Oswald’s Lymphodema Service. In March 2020, the service had to quickly pivot to provide much more domiciliary based care. To deliver this service, the hospice had to act quickly and innovatively, introducing a new volunteer role and recruiting much more additional support.

This has not only given a learning opportunity to these new and often younger volunteers, it gives patients the opportunity to share their stories with the volunteers - Offering a positive impact on the potential next generation of health care workers and giving them an insight into hospice care.

We feel this innovation not only has positively impacted the community, but can be shared and replicated widely with real impact.


We are interested in projects that have found new ways to:

  • Identify people who can benefit from hospice and palliative care.
  • Plan and provide care or approach a challenging care issue.

Particular value will be placed on innovations which have improved one or more of the following:

  • Access to care.
  • Treatment of troublesome symptoms.
  • Resolution of psychosocial and spiritual distress.
  • The opportunities for people to receive care in-line with cultural, religious, social or other preferences.
  • The opportunities for people to receive care in the place of their choice.
  • Bereavement outcomes.
  • Engagement of users in the planning, organisation and evaluation of services.

General criteria and guidance

  1. Unless otherwise stated, Innovation entries will consist of an introductory statement of 650 characters (including spaces) followed by a statement of no more than 3,500 characters (including spaces), as to why the entrant feels his or her organisation/project should win. The statement should be based on the information outlined below. Entrants may also submit supporting information such as relevant literature, media coverage, etc.Extra info should be e-mailed separately to grants@hospiceuk.org clearly identifying which entry it refers to.
  2. Each entry will be judged by a panel appointed by Hospice UK.
  3. Each category will have a winner, with no runners up.
  4. Members and Subscribers of Hospice UK are eligible to enter, with the exception of:
    • The Towergate Hospice Team of the Year Award, which is only open to member hospices. 
    • The Dying Matters Award is open to those who registered an event in England, Wales (via Byw Nawr) and Northern Ireland.
  5. No one employed by Hospice UK may enter the awards.
  6. Projects should have been initiated or be completed during the twelve month period up to the end of August 2022.
  7. By entering these awards, entrants agree to work with Hospice UK to develop a case study about their project which can be shared with other hospices.
  8. In certain circumstances, if the standard of entries is considered not high enough, the judges may elect not to make a particular award.
  9. The closing date for entries in all categories is tbc.
  10. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Suggested information to include in your Innovation in Care Award entry

How original was the innovation?

  • Was it a new concept or a variation of an existing idea?
  • Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  • Did the project improve any of the areas listed in the above bullet points?

What was the impact of the innovation?

  • Was there a measurable benefit to users?
  • Could elements of the project be applied to other parts of the organisation or care processes?

Applicability

  • Can this innovation be applied to other hospice and palliative care organisations?
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