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The Susannah Boddie Award for Impact of the Year is awarded annually in honour of Susannah, a 27-year old senior data scientist in 10 Downing Street’s Data Science team (10DS) who passed away in August 2023. Susannah was an incredible health data scientist, an inspiring sportswoman, a loved and admired colleague and a friend to those at No 10, and many others within the civil service. Working closely with colleagues at the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS, Susannah ensured that the Prime Minister received the best available data and evidence for important decisions.

This award recognises work that takes an important step towards HDR UK’s mission of uniting health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives.

Nominate your own or someone else’s impact on clinical practice or policy, algorithms, software, publications etc for Susannah Boddie Award Impact of the Year award – to be announced at the HDR UK Conference.  


Algorithms, software, tools, digital resources, policy or practice change exemplar, publications and pre-prints relating to health data research are all eligible for Impact of the Year. They should have been developed (at least in part) in the last year. They may have been developed by one individual or a team working as part of HDR UK or beyond.  

Impacts must have involved and engaged patients/service users, carers and the public at each appropriate stage of the research life cycle. 


The winning impact will be selected by a panel of experts, whose decisions will be based on the criteria below. Nominees will be shortlisted prior to the HDR UK Scientific Conference, and then the overall winner will be announced at the event itself.  

Selection criteria 

We are looking for work with the highest impact on improving people’s lives, through use of data. Please provide clear evidence of the following criteria:  

  • Impact at scale  
  • Generating novel insights  
  • Collaborative working  
  • High quality public and patient involvement  
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion  
  • Alignment and relevance to HDR UK’s mission  
  • Alignment to HDR UK values  

Selection committee 

  • James O’Shaughnessy (Chair)
  • Arun Sujenthiran
  • Ben Johnson
  • David Goll
  • Munisa Hashimi
  • Samantha Ip
  • Vasa Curcin



  • Engraved glass trophy
  • Award certificate
  • 1 half-day professional training session of choice including consultation and follow-up with HDR UK’s Learning and Development Manager
  • RocketBook(s)
  • Featured case study professionally written and published on HDR UK website and promoted on HDR UK social media channels.


  • Open for nominations and applications : 18 September 2023 
  • Deadline for nominations: 16 October 2023 at 17:00 BST
  • Deadline for applications : 27 November 2023 at 17:00 GMT
  • Shortlisted candidates announced: 26 January 2024
  • Winner announced at the HDR UK Scientific Conference in March 2024

Further information 

If you have any questions, please email