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The NHS Transformation Unit (TU) has been shortlisted as consultancy of the year in the inaugural Health Service Journal (HSJ) partnership awards.

The TU offers support, expertise and leadership across a wide range of areas to ensure transformation in healthcare is clinically led, patient-focused and programme managed efficiently.

Although it is part of the NHS, the TU acts as a standalone consultancy providing services to other NHS organisations across the country to support transformation work and improvements in patient care. Services include programme and project management, strategic transformation and planning, finance and analytics, and patient and public engagement. The TU has a team of almost 50 expert staff who specialise in these areas from a range of NHS and consultancy backgrounds.

The HSJ Partnership Awards aim to showcase best practice in working in collaboration with the NHS to improve services. The HSJ judges were looking for innovative projects which demonstrate outstanding commitment to working in collaboration with the NHS, cutting-edge innovation and service provision. Additionally, the projects needed to be a beacon of best practice that offer ongoing benefits. The judges were impressed with the high standard of entries, testifying to the clear achievement of any shortlisted organisation.

The TU’s successful submission for consultancy of the year was around some of its work in Greater Manchester to help strengthen a number of clinical services. The TU was commissioned to ensure immediate improvement actions were undertaken. They acted as a neutral facilitator and expert consultant for the rapid improvements required to ensure safe and sustainable care was provided to local patients. The work of the TU allowed changes to be made to significantly strengthen those services.

Leila Williams, chief executive of the NHS Transformation Unit, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in these prestigious new awards and to have this chance to showcase our work. The TU is an NHS organisation and we retain the core values of the NHS in all that we do. We aim to support the NHS make improvements to patient care and as we are not-for-profit and reinvest any financial surplus back into the NHS, this makes us dramatically different from many of our competitors and a different type of expert consultancy service that any part of the health and care service can use.”

The winners of the partnership awards will be announced on Thursday 8 March at the Royal College of Physicians in London.