MCT-PATHWAY and PATHWAY Beacons shortlisted for the 2023 HSJ Awards

MCT-PATHWAY and PATHWAY Beacons shortlisted for the 2023 HSJ Awards feature

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and The University of Manchester (UoM) are delighted to announce that MCT-PATHWAY and PATHWAY Beacons, led by Professor Adrian Wells, has been shortlisted for Mental Health Innovation of the Year at The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to healthcare.

According to the HSJ, ‘a record-breaking’ 1456 entries have been received for this year’s Awards, with 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlist, making it the biggest awards programme in the award’s 43-year history. The HSJ also said that the high volume and ‘exceptional quality’ of applications once again mirror the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed within the UK’s healthcare.

The MCT-PATHWAY project, supported by the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR), aims to improve mental health in patients living with heart disease. In the UK, cardiac rehabilitation is attended by about 100,000 patients annually. MCT-PATHWAY is the first successful group-based Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) approach that may be offered alongside conventional cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in the UK. In comparison to standard care alone, adding group-MCT was found to significantly improve symptoms of anxiety and depression and halve the deterioration rate in such symptoms. This is crucial because patients with heart disease frequently experience anxiety and depression, which are not routinely treated in cardiac services and are linked to poorer health outcomes, higher mortality, greater healthcare use, and a poorer quality of life. The follow-on NIHR-funded PATHWAY-Beacons project is currently evaluating the effect of implementation and roll-out of MCT-PATHWAY in the NHS.

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16th 2023. The event will not only reflect the HSJ Awards’ enduring ethos of “sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and innovating drivers of better service” but will also serve as a timely and well-deserved thank you to the sector during the 75th anniversary year of the NHS.

The 2023 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute; Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Chief Executive, NHS Race and Health Observatory; Anne-Marie Vine-Lott, Director of Health, Vodafone; Sir Jim Mackey, National Director of Elective Recovery, NHS England, as well as a range of esteemed Chief Executives from NHS Trusts across the UK.

The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ awards can be found at alongside details of the Awards partners at