As the front door to an increasingly pressured NHS, strengthening access to primary care services is an essential lever for future NHS sustainability. Throughout the pandemic it also became clear that many patients also prefer the convenience and more personalised approach to managing their health needs closer to home.
Digital products and services provide a key enabler of change. Across the country, organisations and systems are now looking to deliver digital-first primary care to increase capacity and improve patient choice, in order to reduce the 8am appointment booking rush and support the national ambition for improved access to primary care.
This award will recognise the successful development and implementation of digital projects, products or services that are improving access, independence and choice for patients, and enabling staff to optimise capacity and quality of care. Judges will be particularly interested in initiatives genuinely co-produced with staff and the communities they serve.
- All NHS providers of primary care, including pharmacy, optometry, and General Practice, and systems including ICBs and PCNs
- Evidence must relate to a project, ongoing or completed within the 2 years up until the award entry deadline.