Nursing in Social Care - Nursing Times Awards
This new award has been introduced this year to recognise the enormous contributions that nursing staff working in social care make.
We are keen to recognise the leadership of nurses working in care homes, learning disability or autism services, domiciliary care and other social care settings. However, the entry is open to all.
Such roles are often multi-faceted, with nurses managing complex health needs, carrying out assessments and providing leadership for other staff. Nurses in social care also play a critical role in championing innovation, all of which we want to recognise and celebrate through this new award category.
This award is open to individuals and teams working in social care either local government or independent sector organisations. Entrants must be able to demonstrate their work has made an important improvement in promoting and improving health and care in social care settings.
Examples might include initiatives to:
- Innovate to increase physical or mental activity among residents
- Improve access to external health and care programmes or initiatives
- Innovate to maintain care quality and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Improve the experience of people within care homes or supported living settings, or in their own home
Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:
- Innovation: originality of the idea
- Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
- Patient focus: evidence that patient/service user need was central to the work
- Collaboration: evidence of the involvement of other professionals, services and/or patients in the project
- Clinical effectiveness: data demonstrating how this initiative drives clinical enhancements
- Leadership: evidence of entrants championing their innovation in their organisation or more widely
- Adaptability: ideas that could be adapted for use elsewhere in entrants’ organisations or other organisations
- Sustainability: initiatives that can be embedded within organisations to operate without the input of the people who developed them
This category is sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
If you are shortlisted for this award, and with coronavirus conditions permitting, you will be invited to attend our Covid-19 secure offices to present to the judges on Thursday 9 September 2021. The shortlist will be informed if there are any changes to the final judging process.