The Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics
Practitioners working in healthcare data analytics play a crucial role in delivering better outcomes for patients and the healthcare system – whether by improving waiting times and treatment or optimising care pathways.
The Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics recognises practitioners in applied healthcare data analytics who have gone the extra mile in delivering innovative improvements for the healthcare system.
It is awarded jointly by the Health Foundation and the Royal Statistical Society. The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.
About Florence Nightingale
While known more widely for her work as a nurse, Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) was also a statistician, and the first female fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, who revolutionised nursing through her investigative statistical work and her striking use of data visualisation. The award was launched in 2020 to mark Nightingale's bicentenary year.
Read about the winners of the 2021 award.
The aim of the award is to celebrate the work of healthcare data analysts who have informed a substantive change that improves patient care in a healthcare system in the UK.
The award recognises work carried out or completed in the previous calendar year, either by teams or individuals.
Any kind of health and care organisation that provides, commissions, supports or delivers health services free at the point of care in primary, secondary or tertiary care, or across boundaries such as health care and social care is eligible to enter. Those working in healthcare data analytics who work in conjunction with a health and care organisation free at the point of care are also eligible to enter.
Nominations will need to demonstrate how the applied analysis has brought about positive change in the delivery or planning of care and substantial improvement in patient outcomes. Entrants should describe how they meet one or more of the following main criteria:
The 2022 awards will open for nominations in the new year of 2022.
- Evidence of an ability to structure and understand the problems faced by managers, clinicians or patients
- Identification of data sources that could be used to address the problem
- The application of appropriate and robust statistical and analytical methods to analyse data
- Careful consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion in each stage of the analysis
- Evidence of sharing and openness, eg publishing code or methodology
- Effective and accessible communication of findings to decision makers and leaders
- Credit will also be given for value for money or efficiency savings; for work that goes beyond normal expectations or results from outstanding individual effort; or for overcoming obstacles.