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.

2019 winners

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group were announced as the winners of the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award at our award ceremony in Leeds on Monday 11 November 2019.

The team, as part of an integrated care system approach together with Yeovil District Hospital and South West AHSN, have built partnerships across acute and primary care with a focus on local nursing homes. The CCG will receive £30,000 that can be spent on building team knowledge and skills.

The overall aim of the CCG’s improvement project is to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and provide care at the place of a person’s choice. The project works to encourage and implement the use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) throughout the community to ensure there is a common language across healthcare professionals, nursing homes, GP primary care, out of hours and emergency services. This enables safe, effective and timely patient care to be provided by the right person, in the right place, at the right time.

This initiative has already shown high level of success at an early stage with nursing homes that are already at the front of the curve in adopting new innovation. This initiative being successful over the whole of Somerset will have a very high impact in terms of improving patient safety, saving lives, and enhancing patient experience, workforce competency and capacity, as well as improving clinical and financial efficiency.

2019 runners-up

Congratulations also to the runners-up, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who bowled the panel over with their passion and approach to improving the care of vulnerable patients presenting to the ambulance service with poor mental health.

They have a care bundle for self-harm or self-poisoning which has the potential to be rolled out fully across the NHS in England and the UK and work is already underway to achieve this. The tool allows all staff to conduct a thorough mental health examination assessment and risk assessment to improve the care of vulnerable people who may have self-harmed with alcohol or drugs, as two examples. The tool includes full training so that staff are competent and confident to assess patients and ensure they get support and treatment from the right services.

The trust will receive a prize of £5,000.

2019 finalists

Thank you to all the applicants for the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award 2019. The panel of assessors were very impressed with the breadth and depth of work underway to improve services for patients and the population. We are delighted to share with you below the regional finalists who have been invited for interview.

Region Organisation(s)
North West* North West Ambulance Services NHS Trust
North West* Cumbria County Council and North West Ambulance Services NHS Trust
London Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Camden CCG
South West Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
South East Sussex MSK Partnership Central
Midlands SDSmyhealthcare Federation
North East and Yorkshire Great North Children's Hospital (part of Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust) & North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
East of England Luton Community Services, part of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Sundon Medical Centre, Luton and Hatters Health Primary Care Network

An Ebook has been created to celebrate this year's award. If you would like a copy, 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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