One Northern Devon is proud to reveal it has been shortlisted for the Place-based Partnership award at this year’s HSJ Awards, recognising outstanding contribution to healthcare and earning the opportunity to showcase their achievements on a national platform.

One Northern Devon (OND) is made up of partners from the public sector, voluntary and community sector and private sector serving the population of Northern Devon. As well as an overarching OND board, there are also ‘One Communities’ in each of the seven towns in the locality, who are in themselves place-based partnerships on a smaller scale. This allows for a very local and targeted approach to tackling OND Devon’s primary objective – reducing health inequalities. As well as championing ‘Place’, OND also champions ‘Person’ centred services through its innovative Flow programme and ‘System’ co-ordination.

A staggering 1067 entries have been received for the HSJ Awards 2022, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist (from across 162 organisations). The high volume – and exceptional quality – of applications is once again reflecting the breadth of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.

One Northern Devon’s entry

One Northern Devon was short-listed in the ‘Place-based Partnership’ category. This category was included in recognition that traditionally health, local government, voluntary and community sectors have operated in silos. The introduction of ‘place’ within Integrated Care Systems recognises that the challenges faced by society and public services can only be tackled if these parties come together to address them. The focus on population health and the integration of end-to-end care as well as the wider social determinants of health mean that relationships across, health, housing, public health, transport and environment across all sectors is vitally important.

This has been the approach taken by One Northern Devon for over 5 years.

Andrea Beacham, Programme Manager for One Northern Devon comments, “We’re delighted to see North Devon and Torridge recognised nationally by the panel of judges for partnership working. All of our One Northern Devon partners play a vital role – whatever organisation or sector they come from – when they come together at the One Northern Devon partnership meetings, there is a recognition that they are there primarily for the people or Northern Devon – and they put their organisational priorities second.” She continues, “This is also equal recognition of our seven ‘One Communities’ who work in partnership – often giving their time for free – focusing on what matters to their community.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds; “On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate One Northern Devon on being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Place-based Partnership All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Sarah-Jane      Marsh (Chief Executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); David      Probert (Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust); Dr Bola Owolabi (Director Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Eugine Yafele (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust); Tracy Allen (Chief Executive Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust)

Following the thorough judging process One Northern Devon was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 17th). Despite the tough competition, One Northern Devon really did stand out as a ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist. At this first stage of judging, the shortlist was based on ambition; outcome; value; involvement & working together and crucially, how the project might be “picked up” and replicated elsewhere for the benefit of both patients and professional colleagues.


The full list of nominees for the 2022 HSJ awards can be found at alongside details of the Awards partners;


The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th 2022.