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To begin your entry, please tick the category/categories below that you would like to enter.

Stage one of the judging process involves judges shortlisting entries based solely on the information you have provided here, so please make sure your entry includes as much evidence as possible.

In stage two, shortlisted entrants will present their entries to a panel of judges for deliberation. This is currently scheduled to be in-person in our London offices (as it was pre-pandemic). This second stage is subject to change in accordance with official guidance relating to Covid-19.

Individuals Awards 

Some nurses stand out from the moment they enter the profession. They are natural leaders whose motivation is to constantly improve the quality of their own practice and of the services they work in.

Their caring natures ensure they will not only offer compassionate care themselves, but will demand it of those around them and raise concerns if it falls short. They have the capacity to develop essential nursing skills quickly, the creativity to innovate and reshape services, and the ability to engage and motivate those around them. Nurses like these will be a positive influence on the profession throughout their careers.

This award aims to recognise a nurse working in the NHS or independent sector who has been qualified for less than five years, and demonstrates exceptional qualities that embody the best of nursing and the leadership skills to inspire others to follow their example.

We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a nurse who they believe merit this recognition.

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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Role Model: individual who provides inspiration and a great example to others
  • Value: individual who is a clear benefit to their patients and colleagues  
  • Focus: individual who recognises and addresses the needs of patients and colleagues   
  • Effective: individual who clearly improves care or services
  • Leadership: individual who champions the needs of their patients and colleagues
  • Innovative: individual who pioneers new and original solutions
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

Ann Shuttleworth, a long-standing member of the Nursing Times editorial team, sadly died last year. Ann, a highly-valued and well-respected member of our team, worked hard to support these awards every year. In tribute to Ann, this category has been renamed the Ann Shuttleworth Rising Star Award.

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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This distinguished award will be judged by the chief nursing officers for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

It aims to recognise an inspirational senior nurse who has made a significant strategic impact on the profession or care provision on a national scale over a sustained period or career.

We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a nurse from the NHS or independent sector who they believe merits this level of recognition.

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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Breadth of impact
  • Sustainability of contribution
  • Value to the profession and/or patients
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability

 

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Clinical leaders have a fundamental role in ensuring the quality of nursing practice and patient care. The best community team leaders, ward sisters and charge nurses lead by example, providing their team with an excellent role model, demonstrating compassion and a commitment to ensuring their service offers the highest quality and safest care possible.

They are aware of their patients’ needs and are firm advocates on their behalf, understand the importance of informing and reassuring patients and relatives, and have the skills to lead, support and motivate a team that is committed to offering excellent and compassionate care to all patients.

This award aims to recognise an exceptional nurse leader working in the NHS or independent sector who embodies these qualities; it is open to any nurse, working in the community or in an acute environment who is leading a team of any size is eligible to apply. We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a leader who they believe merits this recognition.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Role Model: Individual who provides inspiration and a great example to others
  • Value: Individual who is a clear benefit to their patients and colleagues  
  • Focus: Individual who recognises and addresses the needs of patients and colleagues   
  • Effective: Individual who clearly improves care or services
  • Leadership: Individual who champions the needs of their patients and colleagues
  • Innovative: Individual who pioneers new and original solutions
  • Evidence: Submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

There are thousands of excellent nurses working in the NHS and independent sector. However, a select few stand out as truly exceptional.

One of our most prestigious annual awards, the Nurse of the Year category aims to recognise an individual working in the NHS or independent sector who has gone above and beyond what is expected of them in their day-to-day role and have truly made a difference.

Candidates can be at any stage in their nursing career, but should have undertaken a piece of work or delivered a service improvement on their own initiative that has required inspiration, determination and creativity. 

It must have had tangible positive outcomes, such as demonstrable improvements in patient care or in the effectiveness of service provision. We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a nurse who they believe merits this recognition.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Role Model: Individual who provides inspiration and a great example to others
  • Value: Individual who is a clear benefit to their patients and colleagues  
  • Focus: Individual who recognises and addresses the needs of patients and colleagues   
  • Effective: Individual who clearly improves care or services
  • Leadership: Individual who champions the needs of their patients and colleagues
  • Innovative: Individual who pioneers new and original solutions
  • Evidence: Submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Organisation Awards 

The nature of cancer care is changing as new treatments improve survival rates. However, cancer remains a devastating disease and patients need both skilled clinical care and intensive support while receiving treatment and, increasingly, in managing the long-term effects of the disease after treatment.

Nurses are the linchpin of the cancer care team, managing complex new treatment regimens, coordinating care and ensuring patients receive timely diagnosis and treatment. They are also the professionals that patients turn to for emotional and practical support, and they need to be able to offer this in a compassionate manner and adapt it to individual patients’ needs.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Streamline care pathways to reduce waiting times for diagnosis or treatment
  • Extend the scope of nursing practice in order to improve care
  • Address practical or emotional issues faced by patients receiving treatment or beyond

 

This award is open to individual nurses or teams from the NHS or independent sector who have improved the quality of care patients with cancer receive during diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria :

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence : submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

As life expectancy increases so does the number of older people with complex health needs. These patients are cared for in nearly all health and social care settings and the vast majority of nurses will care for frail older people at some time.

This award seeks to highlight the excellent care being provided by nursing staff to these patients but that is too often ignored.

It is open to individual nurses or teams working in any setting in the NHS or independent sector who have developed initiatives specifically to ensure older people receive the best possible care or retain their health and independence.

 

 Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Enable older people to live independently for as long as possible
  • Improve the care offered to older people in community settings
  • Improve the care offered to older people in hospital settings

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

 

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Health and wellbeing in the early years of life influences health in adulthood, so the delivery of high-quality care is crucial from birth to the teenage years.

In addition to providing skilled clinical care, nurses working in children’s services act as advocates for their patients. They often become trusted carers for children with long-term conditions, seeing them grow up, learn to take control of their own health and transition to adult services.

They also provide care in partnership with families and need to be able to develop trusting relationships with them while acting in their patients’ best interests and supporting their autonomy as appropriate.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in the NHS or independent sector with patients from neonates to adolescents in any care setting. Entrants should demonstrate innovation and evidence of improved outcomes of care that involves families and/or empowers adolescents.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Help the parents of neonates in intensive care to be involved in their baby’s care
  • Reduce anxiety of children awaiting surgery
  • Help adolescents with long-term conditions to take responsibility for managing their own health

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative:  originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value:  impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable:  data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership:  evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Transferable:  ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence : submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Clinical research nursing is an important and rapidly growing specialty, which promotes and develops the vital role of nurses in the delivery of high-quality clinical research.

Ensuring a vibrant clinical research culture throughout the health and social care system is essential to finding new and innovative solutions to health and care needs.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams from the health and social care sector. It aims to recognise initiatives that contribute to achieving the NIHR’s strategic priorities for the specialty, which are outlined in the NIHR’s Clinical Research Nurse Strategy 2017-2020.

 

These are: 

  • Improving awareness and understanding of the specialty of clinical research nursing by actively promoting the relationship between high-quality care and research outcomes
  • Demonstrating leadership to share best clinical research nursing practice locally, nationally and internationally
  • Dynamically connecting with colleagues to network best practice using a wide variety of media
  • Actively promoting patient involvement and engagement ensuring increased opportunities for patients, families and communities to access clinical research opportunities

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative:  originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value:  impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable:  data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Focus:  evidence that patient or staff need was central to the work
  • Leadership:  evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Collaboration : evidence of the involvement of other professionals, services and/or patients in the initiative
  • Clinical effectiveness : data demonstrating how this initiative drives clinical enhancements
  • Transferable :   ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Bowel and bladder problems can have a devastating effect on quality of life and dignity, both for patients who are dependent on others due to physical or mental disability, and for those who are otherwise independent.

This category rewards initiatives and innovations that promote continence, increase the effectiveness of care and improve the quality of life of people who have continence problems, whether temporarily or permanently. 

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in any setting in the NHS or independent sector – including nursing and residential homes – and those working in specialist continence services.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate how a change in practice, extending their scope of practice, innovation or development has resulted in clear improvements in patients’ or clients’ continence or enhanced their dignity by minimising the impact of continence problems.

 

Innovations could include:

  • Developing educational programmes staff and/or patients to increase understanding of continence problems and how to address them
  • Improving access to continence advice and care
  • Meeting the needs of a new client group

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

This award category is endorsed by the Association for Continence Advice.

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

 

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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Nurses working in emergency and critical care deal with patients whose very survival depends on their care.

These nurses need high levels of skill and expertise, and the ability to think and act quickly in a crisis. They also need to be able to support patients’ families and friends in what are often highly distressing situations, while maintaining a focus on their patients’ best interests.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in the NHS or independent sector who can demonstrate performance that has contributed to a significant improvement in the quality of patient care in emergency or critical care settings.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Set up services to meet the needs of specific patient groups or address specific injuries or conditions
  • Improve the experiences of patients in the critical care setting or their families
  • Improve collaboration between emergency or critical settings and other areas of care

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative:  originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value:  impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable:  data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership:  evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Transferable:  ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence : submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Healthcare is about more than simply curing or managing conditions. It is also about maximising patients’ dignity through the delivery of compassionate care.

As the professionals with the most direct patient contact, it is nurses who have the greatest ability to protect their patients’ dignity.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in the NHS or independent sector and aims to recognise initiatives addressing aspects of care that compromise patient dignity or ensuring healthcare interventions do not unnecessarily compromise patients’ privacy, independence or individuality.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Improve staff awareness of patient privacy
  • Involve patients and families in initiatives to improve protection of patient dignity
  • Engage staff in a zero-tolerance approach to care that lacks compassion

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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Improvements in clinical and medical treatment and care means increasing numbers of patients are living with long-term conditions. While these advances are to be welcomed, they do increase demand on healthcare services.

This prestigious award seeks to recognise nurses whose work is reducing the burden on the health service by preventing ill-health and/or offering truly holistic care to patients who have long-term conditions or complex needs.

This award, given in partnership with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, is open to individual nurses or teams working in the NHS or independent sector. It seeks to recognise nurses working in any setting who have collaborated with other organisations, such as those from the voluntary and/or third sector, to promote public health and prevent disease and/or manage long-term conditions in a holistic and integrated way that improves patients’ quality of life and independence.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Use evidence-based complementary therapies or other non-biomedical interventions to complement conventional healthcare approaches in treating the whole patient
  • Use nursing (and the wider multidisciplinary team) to improve patients’ mental and physical health and wellbeing, rather than simply treating their presenting disease or condition
  • Manage long-term conditions in an integrated way that is led by patients’ needs, which might reduce the need for medication or professional input through the use of lifestyle or evidence-based complementary approaches in support of conventional care
  • Help provide patients/service users with a personalised non-medical intervention that has reduced use of NHS resources

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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Infection prevention and control remains a major challenge in healthcare. Nurses at all levels and in all specialties and environments are involved in initiatives aimed at preventing or minimising the spread of infection.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in acute or community settings, in the NHS or independent sector and aims to recognise projects that take an innovative approach to this important area of practice. Entrants may be infection prevention and control specialist nurses, or general nurses in any clinical specialty.

They should have implemented an initiative to improve practice within their immediate area or more widely across their organisation or community, be able to demonstrate clear outcomes and show that their initiative has changed practice or procedures and reduced infection-related risks.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Increase staff awareness of and compliance with infection prevention and control procedures
  • Involve patients and visitors in improving infection prevention and control
  • Reduce patients’ risk of infection in community settings

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

This award category is endorsed by the Infection Prevention Society.

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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People with learning disabilities are among the most vulnerable and excluded in society. Learning disabilities nurses have a unique role in supporting people, their families and carers to achieve and maintain good health, wellbeing and their full potential. They work to break down barriers that may prevent participation in society, or result in health inequalities or ill health.

This award is open to individual registered learning disability nurses or learning disability nurse teams working in acute or community settings, in the NHS or independent sector. Entrants must be able to demonstrate the benefits of their work in terms of evidence-based, person-centred practice sustaining health and improving quality of life.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Sustain and improve health and wellbeing
  • Address issues of health inequalities, reduced life expectancy and premature mortality
  • Reduce and effectively manage risks
  • Facilitate co-production, enable self-advocacy and family engagement and partnership
  • Enable reasonable adjustments
  • Improve team working and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate positive health outcomes
  • Promote social inclusion and participation in community activities
  • Encourage equality of access to healthcare
  • Increase independence and resilience
  • Promote opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in service design or staff training
  • Promote positive value base and reduce barriers

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

N.B. While this is for registered learning disability nurses only, other nurses working innovatively with people who have learning disabilities are encouraged to apply in other relevant categories.

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Increasing numbers of people live with long-term conditions, and nurses take a leading role in helping many of them to manage their condition and minimise its effect on their life.

Nurses can help these patients to identify and avoid the triggers that lead to exacerbations, and to recognise exacerbations at the earliest possible stage. They not only improve the quality of patients’ lives, but make effective use of resources by empowering patients to self-manage while providing support where necessary.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector, and aims to recognise initiatives that have improved services for patients with one or more long-term conditions. Entrants should be able to demonstrate clear benefits of their initiative, for example in terms of improved patient outcomes or experience.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Identify patients with undiagnosed long-term conditions
  • Reduce avoidable hospital admissions
  • Improve the provision of end-of-life care

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

People with mental health problems need therapeutic interventions that increase their independence and/or empower them to manage their condition and recognise triggers that may result in relapse or exacerbation.

Their intensive involvement means nurses make a huge contribution to the care of these patients and clients, whether in community or inpatient settings, working in general or specialist mental healthcare services.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector who have developed initiatives that have improved the delivery of mental health care. Entrants should be able to demonstrate the benefits of their work in terms of improved quality of life or increased independence of their patient or client group.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Enable hard-to-reach groups to access mental health services
  • Improve the quality of life of patients in secure mental health settings
  • Improve the mental health of people within the prison system

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

This award recognises 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.

Social care is 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 award category, now in its second year.

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

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed if there are any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Nurses working in primary and community settings need to be able to work independently, often in less than ideal environments and without access to the levels of support and equipment hospital nurses take for granted.

They often develop long-term therapeutic relationships with patients, many of whom are isolated and vulnerable, and reduce pressures on hospital services by facilitating early discharge or enabling patients to remain at home.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector and from any primary or community care setting. Entrants must be able to demonstrate their work has improved patient care or the effectiveness of their service and has outcomes to demonstrate this.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Increase the scope of nursing within a GP practice
  • Extend the boundaries of care offered to patients in their own homes
  • Increase the uptake of services by hard-to-reach groups

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

High-profile care failings such as those at the former Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, have illustrated what happens when patient safety is not seen as a key priority, while winter pressures combined with severe nursing shortages often lead to concerns that safety is being compromised. 

As the professionals with the greatest amount of patient contact, nurses play a vital role in ensuring patients’ safety at every stage in their care.

This category is open to individuals or teams from the NHS or independent sector who have undertaken an initiative to address factors that place patients at risk and promote safety as an essential part of healthcare. Entrants should have clear outcomes demonstrating improvements in patient safety.

 

Examples may include:

  • Reducing the incidence of falls
  • Improving safety in the prescription and administration of medicines
  • Reducing delays to treatment or minimising the risks associated with delays

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

For the increasing numbers of people living with long-term conditions, the ability to manage their condition from day to day can minimise its effect on their lives, slow progression and reduce risk of complications, exacerbations or recurrences. This can include for conditions such as COPD, leg ulcers, asthma and diabetes.

Patient self-management can only be achieved through a partnership between patients and health professionals, who must empower their patients by ensuring they understand their condition and how to manage it. Nurses working with patients who have long-term conditions must develop strategies that meet the specific needs of their target population, but also take account of issues such as educational level, cultural factors and access to resources.

This award is open to individual nurses or teams working in the NHS or independent sector and aims to recognise initiatives addressing patients’ ability to manage their own conditions and understanding of when to seek professional help.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Improve patient’ understanding of their condition and improve adherence to self-management principles
  • Develop resources or services to support specific patient groups or self-management strategies
  • Involve patients in developing self-management strategies in order to ensure they are fit for purpose

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

This award, now in its second year, recognises the important role that the nursing profession plays in promoting and protecting the public’s health.

We are keen to recognise the leadership of specialist public health nurses, such as health visitors, school nurses and health protection practitioners. However, the entry is open to all nurses who play a role in protecting and improving the public’s health.

The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of public health nursing, whether that’s working as a specialist public health nurse or a nurse working across the health and care system, you all play such an important role.

This can cover many public health issues such as smoking cessation, sexual health, tackling obesity, to promoting uptake of immunisations and screening programmes. Nurses also play a critical role in addressing health inequalities, all of which we want to recognise and celebrate through this new award category.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS, local government, social care or independent sector. Entrants must be able to demonstrate their work has made an important improvement in promoting and protecting the public’s health.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Increase physical activity or tackle obesity
  • Improve access to screening or immunisation programmes
  • Develop services in specialist public health services such as health visiting and school nursing
  • Address health inequalities

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Respiratory conditions, whether acute or long-term, affect every aspect of patients’ lives – both physically and psychologically.

Specialist respiratory nurses make a profound difference by helping patients to minimise the effects of their condition and to reduce their risk of complications and exacerbations. General nurses can also do much to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care by attending to patients’ respiratory problems, regardless of whether this is the condition they have presented with.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector who can demonstrate that they have improved the quality of care provided to patients with respiratory conditions.

 

Examples may include initiatives to:

  • Improve patients’ self-management skills
  • Increase patient adherence to treatment
  • Reduce the spread of infectious respiratory diseases

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

This award category is endorsed by the Association of Respiratory Nurses.

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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High-quality healthcare is a team effort, often involving collaboration between a range of professions. This is particularly important in the development and implementation of initiatives to improve healthcare delivery.

This category is open to teams from the NHS or independent sector who have undertaken projects that demonstrate the value of teamwork in improving a service.

Entrants must show how an entire team has contributed to the initiative, its implementation and ongoing delivery, demonstrating the input of different team members and/or collaboration with other specialties, professions and/or services. They must also be able to demonstrate the benefits of their initiative to patient care or service delivery.

 

Examples may include initiatives to:

  • Develop a seamless care pathway involving multiple specialties or services
  • Implement a service development across an organisation to involve all staff in improving patients’ experience of care
  • Improving continuity of care by developing new methods of sharing of information

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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The use of technology and data can transform the delivery of healthcare by making data and metrics visible to healthcare providers about their services in formats that can be interrogated in numerous ways, for example, to evaluate effectiveness or analyse trends. This can increase understanding of outcomes and lead to improved care and/or increased efficiency.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector, and recognises initiatives that have used technology and data in a truly innovative and patient-focused way to improve healthcare provision. Entrants must be able to demonstrate the benefits of their initiatives in terms of improved health outcomes, patient experience or service effectiveness.

Examples may include:

  • Introducing technology to capture data that is accessible to all professionals and services involved in individual patients’ care
  • Using existing technology in new ways to increase its benefits
  • Developing new ways of capturing data on patient outcomes or service effectiveness

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Focus: evidence that patient or staff need was central to the work
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led
  • Collaboration: evidence of the involvement of other professionals, services and/or patients in the initiative
  • Clinical effectiveness: data demonstrating how this initiative drives clinical enhancements
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

Nurses working in the perioperative environment care for patients at their most vulnerable. Surgery is a daunting prospect for most people, and nurses are the professionals they rely on not only for clinical skills but also to offer psychological support and to act as advocates to those under general anaesthesia.

This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector in any aspect of perioperative care. Entrants must demonstrate clear benefits of their initiative, for example in better use of resources, reduced length of hospital stay or improved patient experience.

 

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Improve pre-operative assessment and patient preparation
  • Reduce cancellations
  • Improve patient safety in the surgical department

 

Entries must feature projects and innovations that are nurse led or be able to demonstrate nurses played a significant leadership role in steering the initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you are resubmitting a project or innovation that you have entered in previous years, please ensure you show the changes made within the last 12 months as the judges will compare you submission to previous years.

View the interview with the 2022 winner


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Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovative: originality of the idea and its uniqueness
  • Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
  • Measurable: data or other measures that clearly demonstrates how this initiative drives clinical or service improvements
  • Leadership: evidence of the initiative being nurse led  
  • Transferable: ideas that could be shared or adopted for use by others
  • Evidence: submitted evidence to back up measures of success or efficacy

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. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

Hints and tips: Before you start your entry, please take a look at our hints and tips section to ensure that your submission is your best work and you have the best chance of making the shortlist. This, along with further advice on categories and entering, can be found on this website.

Entries are open to UK submissions only.

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