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The Innovate Awards is a collaboration between the AHSN Network, which operates as the innovation arm of the NHS in England and acts as the collective voice of the 15 academic health science networks (AHSNs); and NHS Confederation, the membership body, representing healthcare in the UK.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic highlighted exemplary efforts by staff in health and social care teams but also shone a light on the need for innovation and transformation in the way we work. The new Innovate Awards celebrate excellence in innovation in health and care, showcasing those teams, organisations and health and care systems leading the way in positive change.

There are 11 categories open for entry in the awards, with an 12th grand prix prize, recognising the overall innovation champion of the year, which will be selected from among the winners.

The awards are open to publicly-funded or charitable organisations and collaborations. Applications from other partners in the private sector are welcomed as part of a submission led by a public or voluntary sector body.

Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held on September 21, 2023.