The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award: inspiring the next generation of NHS leaders 2019/20


The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award is designed to help and inspire NHS leaders who have an improvement initiative under way which contributes to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

What is the award?

The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award supports our staff to model the leadership behaviours we know work best in healthcare. In the spirit of the interim NHS People Plan, this award seeks to recognise effective partnerships that model the leadership behaviours to set the conditions for an improved working culture through the NHS for the benefit of patients and staff.

This award aims to recognise innovation and effective partnership working within a provider trust, CCG, a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), Integrated Care System (ICS) or primary care across England. We are looking for applicants who are working collaboratively on a shared improvement initiative in support of the NHS Long Term Plan for the benefit of local people.

The winning partnership will receive £30,000 to share and invest in their professional development to support the delivery of their improvement initiative.  

In addition, all finalists will receive a certificate and access to a range of support, education and development over a 12 month period. Including, improvement skill-building and forming a learning network — with support from the NHS England and Improvement directorate.

Why was the award created?

This award was inspired by Sir Peter Carr, who died in 2017. He supported and fostered innovation in the NHS during his distinguished 25 years of service in a range of senior roles across the NHS. This award recognises his unique leadership contribution and his passion for developing the leadership of others across the health and care system.

The award also demonstrates the importance we attach to investing in leadership for improvement, which is key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan. 

Support offer

All seven finalists will get priority access to coaching and accessible learning opportunities over a 12 month period. Each finalist will also receive support to make a video or case study of their improvement initiative for wider learning and sharing. 

System leadership offer PDF, 195.8 KB

This document sets out the support and opportunities that are available.

How can I apply?

Applications for the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award 2019/2020 are still open. If you are working in partnership to improve services for patients, apply now. Applications close at midnight on Monday 30 September 2019. Seven shortlisted partnerships will be invited to interview in Leeds on Friday 18 October 2019 in front of an expert panel.

If you have any questions about the award or applying, please email

Sir Peter Carr Award 2017-18

Find out what the Sir Peter Carr Award 2017-18 winners and finalists have been up to since the award in July 2017. You will learn about all five successful partnerships, their professional and personal development journeys, their improvement projects and their key messages for NHS leaders.

Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: two years on PDF, 506.1 KB

Hear how winning last year's award helped Rachel and Dan grow their improvement project into a social movement.

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