The Stroke Trial Tracker Shortlisted for Two 2024 HSJ Digital Awards

The Stroke Trial Tracker Shortlisted for Two 2024 HSJ Digital Awards - Celebrating excellence in digitising, connecting, and transforming health and care. 

We are delighted to announce that the Stroke Trial Tracker, developed by the stroke research team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for 'Improving Back-Office Efficiencies through Digital' and 'Driving Change through AI and Automation' Awards at the 2024 HSJ Digital Awards, recognising innovative digital projects transforming care delivery, enhance efficiency, and improve patient  outcomes.

343 entries have been received for this year’s Digital Awards, with 165 projects and individuals meriting inclusion on the final shortlist. The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed across the UK’s healthcare system. 

Following the thorough judging process, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held on 6 June 2024, with its Stroke Trial Tracker standing out as a real ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist. 

The Stroke Trial Tracker is a pioneering time-saving automated system which spots which patients are suitable for multiple research studies simultaneously using bespoke algorithms that combine information from trial criteria to the patient’s condition.

As well as enabling rapid assessment and fast-tracking, screening and management of patients into important stroke research trials, the cutting-edge tool has freed up vital NHS resource, reducing repetitive, labour-intensive tasks such as manual reviews of eligibility and completion of paper-based audits from an average of six hours a week to one hour.

This has played a pivotal role in enabling stroke research nurses to use their specialist skills and expertise to increase patient participation in research trials. It has also meant patients are no longer approached several times by different team members to take part in research.

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Manchester Central on 6th June 2024. The 2024 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Olubukola (Buki) Adeyemo, Chief Executive, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, Hatim Abdulhussein, National Clinical Lead, AI and Digital Workforce (WT&E), NHS England, Dame Margaret Whitehead, Chair, Independent Review Equity in Medical Devices and Luke Readman, Regional Director of Digital Transformation, NHS England (London). 

The full list of nominees for the 2024 HSJ Digital Awards can be found at


The HSJ Digital Awards focuses on the transformative power of technology across the NHS. It gives NHS teams some well-deserved thanks and recognition for their successes and ensures the most effective digital innovations can be celebrated, scaled and spread. 


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