Last updated: 15.01.13

Short-list for the Lean Healthcare Academy Awards 2013

Judged by a panel of independent and NHS Lean experts, this year's applicants competed for a place on the shortlist across eight award categories.Each award recognises an organisation's commitment in the use of Lean principles to improve patient care and working practices.

Judith Clarkson, Director of the Lean Healthcare Academy added "It should be acknowledged that all submissions were of a particularly high calibre and the work people are doing is making a real difference to the efficiency of the healthcare organisations they work for. They should be congratulated on the improvements they have made so far."

Now in its fifth year, the event has become a significant date for anyone working in healthcare who is serious about service improvement. Three finalists will be chosen from the shortlist for each of the award categories and will showcase their inspirational projects at the conference so that delegates can share ideas with colleagues.

Sponsored by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, NHS Yorkshire and Humber, North East Transformation System and Advanced Digital Institute, Virtual College is encouraging anyone who works in healthcare to attend the Lean Healthcare Academy Awards and Conference on the 7th February 2013. It is a unique opportunity to meet the most successful and pioneering health professionals from across the country, dedicated to improving working practices and patient care through the implementation of Lean principles.

The conference comprises a buffet lunch, followed by an exhibition of finalists’ work, a presentation by each award finalist on their Lean projects and the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals. At £85 +VAT per person, the price includes the awards ceremony in the evening comprising a drinks reception, awards dinner and presentation by guest speaker Roy Lilley.

Places can be booked by contacting Clair Barbour on 01943 885086, or email

To find out more and to view the shortlist, visit the Lean Healthcare Academy website

About Virtual College

Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.

Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 900,000 registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 700 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 200 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.

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