NHS England has announced the winners of its Digital and Data Awards 2022 which is part of the Year of the Digital Profession initiative. 

The awards were created to highlight and celebrate those working within digital technology and the successes made in health and social care.  

They are run in association with the Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP) and recognise individual achievements of those working with digital, data, technology or informatics. 

NHS England saw over 300 nominations made earlier in the year, ranging from those just starting out in their careers to those who have successfully led teams.

The successful winners were: 

  • Aspiring Talent Award: for those at the early stage of their digital and data careers 

Carly Ings, project manager, digital access to services at home, system information directorate, NHS Dorset 

  • Champions Award: for individuals who have gone beyond their role 

Aasha Cowey, strategic transformation lead, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Konstantinos Balaskas, director, Moorfields Ophthalmic Reading Centre 

  • Dedication to Profession Award – acknowledging commitment and contribution to building the profession 

Antonia Brown, clinical digital innovation lead, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Impact Award – recognising significant and tangible impacts achieved in past few years 

Kayleigh Hayden, project lead, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Leadership Award – recognising someone who has led a team, department or organisation through digital transformation 

Diana Divajeva, principal public health analyst, public health, London Borough of Hackney 

Marion Ingleby, strategic manager, operational support – adult social care, Durham County Council 

  • Spirit Award – recognising leadership or contribution to advancing a team during Covid-19 and the recovery phase 

Liz Barfield, senior clinical lead, covid vaccination & covid test programmes, NHS Digital 

The Year of the Digital Profession was launched in March 2022 by NHS England. The initiative supports a sustainable, skilled, and supported workforce within digital, data, and informatics. This tech-focused workforce will be vital to meeting the demands and ambitions of the health and social care sector and its long-term plans for a digitally enabled future.  

At Healthcare Excellence Through Technology (HETT), the CEO of Health Education England (HEE), Navina Evans, called for a digital expertise workforce to tackle the backlog and for continued innovation post-pandemic, underlining how important these awards are.