The Sir Peter Carr Award: inspiring the next generation of NHS leaders


Clinicians and managers can now apply for a new annual award designed to help and inspire the NHS leaders of tomorrow to improve services for patients.

What is the award?

The Sir Peter Carr Award is a £30,000 award which will be made to a clinician and manager partnership (£15,000 each) to invest in their professional development over a year to support the delivery of a shared improvement objective. 

Both the winners and partnerships shortlisted for the award (up to five in total) will also receive access to a range of support including mentoring, networks, personal development and improvement skill-building and opportunities to attend events during the year. 

As part of this we are very pleased to be able to offer tickets for up to five shortlisted pairs to attend the upcoming International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare taking place from 26 – 28 April 2017 in London. This is one of the world’s largest conferences for healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety.

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement discusses the Sir Peter Carr Award and how it will inspire others.

Why was the award created?

Sir Peter Carr retired from his position of NHS Trust Development Authority Chair in 2016 after over 25 years of distinguished service in the NHS in a range of non-executive roles at regional and national level. The award both acknowledges Sir Peter’s contribution and demonstrates the importance NHS Improvement attaches to investing in leadership for improvement, which was a key part of our national framework Developing People - Improving Care. This is an evidence based framework to guide action on improvement skill building, leadership development and talent management for people in NHS funded roles.

Who is the award for?

The award is open to clinician and manager partnerships working in NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England. We are seeking a partnership of two individuals, one clinician and one manager who:

  • are operating at middle management level in clinical and managerial roles respectively (Agenda for Change Band 7 and above, or higher specialty training ST3 and above), with responsibilities for an improvement initiative they are leading together
  • have an interest in quality improvement as well as some experience of leading improvement work but may not have had significant formal quality improvement training 
  • are keen to take the next step in both their professional development and quality improvement knowledge to deliver an improvement initiative using leadership for improvement skills, using a quality improvement methodology within their organisation(s)

Applications will need support from the trust's chief executive and trusts will only be able to submit one application.  

Shortlisting and interviews

The application process is now closed. Shortlisted partnerships can expect to hear in early April 2017 and interviews will take place on 26 May 2017.

Sir Peter Carr: a pioneer within the NHS

Our award has been inspired by Sir Peter Carr who supported and fostered innovation in the NHS during his 25 years of service. His pioneering work made the NHS a better service for millions of patients who rely on it and tens of thousands of staff who work for it.

We wanted to recognise the enormous contribution that Sir Peter made to the NHS by helping the leaders of tomorrow make their difference. Even though Sir Peter has now retired, we want to ensure this work continues.

The award reinforces our commitment to the Developing People, Improving Care framework for leadership and improvement. The key principles of this, such as compassionate and inclusive leadership were central to Sir Peter’s philosophy and provide the context for judging the award.

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