The Guy Rotherham Award, set up and administered by the Improvement Foundation, is open to any NHS community-based team in the UK that is providing services to patients in primary care.
Ruth Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Improvement Foundation said: "The Guy Rotherham Award mirrors our vision for high-quality healthcare and is a great opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional improvements that organisations and individuals are making across primary and community care. We welcome applications from primary care trusts, general practices, community nursing teams, primary care consortia, or any other community-based NHS team."
Judges will be looking for inspirational entrants who can demonstrate they have delivered improved services for patients under any of the following Improvement Foundation's current themes of work:
Commissioning healthcare services.
Improving access to healthcare.
Reducing health inequalities.
Improving the management of long-term conditions.
Reducing admissions through integrated care.
Reducing healthcare associated infections.
The winning team will receive an educational grant of £3,000 and will be invited to attend two presentation ceremonies, one at the 2008 NHS Alliance Conference (16/17 October 2008) and the second at the Palace of Westminster in November 2008. All entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 1 August 2008. All applicants will receive a complimentary 512MB USB memory stick.