Innovation in Partnership Working

The Innovation in Partnership Working award recognises the importance of innovation in collaborative partnerships between hospices and other services to reach more people and to deliver better outcomes for people at the end of life.

Innovation in Partnership Working Award

Farleigh Hospice clinical and community teams responded swiftly and safely to meet the needs of patients and families when the emerging coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020.

In response to COVID the hospice clinical and community teams were split into three Local Care Teams, mobilising Farleigh’s workforce to care for more patients at home and support rapid discharge from hospital.

The team worked in partnership with their NHS, Domiciliary agency and care home colleagues, improving collaboration and developing a multidisciplinary approach, including a joined up programme of education and training.

The project demonstrated real partnership across a wide range of stakeholders, with key measures of impact that show it is sustainable and deliverable beyond COVID.

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 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 end 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 on Partnership Working entry

How original was the innovation?

  • Does the project demonstrate a creative approach to seeking out new partnerships?
  • Was the project part of a wider strategic or system wide objective?

What was the impact of the innovation?

  • Has the project demonstrated measurable impact in terms of reaching more people and delivering better outcomes for people at the end of life?
  • Can the project demonstrate cost savings (a) to the health & care system and (b) to the hospice?
  • Has the project led to long-term sustainable change?
  • Has the project improved the skill and competence of non-hospice services to better care for people at the end of life?


Has the project identified learning for others that can be / has been shared?

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