Entries are now open for the EHI Awards 2016, the only dedicated healthcare IT awards in the UK.

The annual awards recognise the great work being done by healthcare IT teams and companies across the country, and culminate in a black tie dinner in central London in the autumn.

Entries must be in by 5pm on Monday, 2 May, after which there will be a judging process that will end with the awards dinner at the Lancaster Hotel on 29 September.

For the second year, the awards are being run by Informa, whose senior marketing manager Solenne Singer said: “The awards present a valuable opportunity for those involved in UK-based projects to get the recognition they deserve for their exemplary work.

“The ten categories that trusts and suppliers can enter this year give them the opportunity to demonstrate how they use IT to tackle major issues in healthcare: ranging from patient safety to efficiency and from supporting integrated healthcare to opening up new services to patients.

“Plus, this year, the winners will celebrate in style at the awards’ ceremony that will take place at the Lancaster Hotel, opposite Hyde Park.”

A full list of the awards categories, and guidance on how to enter, is available on their website, which also explains how to sponsor an award and book a table at the event.

The awards will be judged by a panel of experts at a judging day in July, at which the potential shortlist of entrants will be asked to present and answer questions about their work.

Last year, the overall award went to Connecting Care, a project working to create an integrated digital care record for Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

Andy Kinnear, the director of digital transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit, which is leading the project, said at the awards ceremony that he was “chuffed to bits” and “so proud for my team.”