PharmaTimes has added a new element to it distinguished Joint Working Competition to better recognise and reward the best examples of the National Health Service and pharmaceutical industry working together for the good of the patient.

Improving health in a difficult financial climate can be better achieved by the health service and industry working closely together on shared goals, and there have already been clear examples of where joint working has improved health outcomes for patients.

The PharmaTimes Joint Working Competition, first launched in 2008 and judged by a panel of experts from clinical commissioning groups and primary care trusts, now includes include both real-life cases of joint working and simulated ones, in order to promote and communicate best joint-working practices.

In its original form, the competition's sole category was the Joint Team Award, for completed projects that can demonstrate successes already achieved.

This year, a Competency Award has been added for any aspiring individuals from the NHS and industry who would like to test their joint working competencies in a simulated real-life team setting, offering the chance to garner some unique learning and expertise in this hugely exciting area.

How to enter

Professionals in healthcare industries and the National Health Service are invited to submit a 500-word piece on either an existing successful joint-working project or a 500-word response to a simulated joint-working challenge.

The 10 best entries from each of the categories will be invited to the PharmaTimes Joint Working Finals for consideration by the panel of CCG and PCT judges.

All finalists will then be invited to a major national showcase event, at which the teams will present their work before the winners of the competition - and an additional audience award - are announced.

Finally, all entrants will receive a report of their absolute and comparative scores across all of the metrics to help them gage performance, areas in which they excel, and areas in need of improvement.

For more information on the PharmaTimes Joint Working Competition, please contact Jill Payne.