Our 2021 categories

Advanced nursing practice Sponsored by RCN
Advanced nursing practice

This award recognises the impact that advanced level nursing practice has on patient care and nursing practice in all settings.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues, such as managers or consultants, may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge and practice?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.
 

Child health Sponsored by Impelsys
Child health

This award celebrates individual nurses or teams who have used their initiative, insight and skills to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Commitment to carers Sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement
Commitment to carers

This award is for nurses or nurse teams who have developed initiatives to support carers and can demonstrate their positive impact on carers’ own physical and mental health as well as improving outcomes for the person being cared for.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We highly recommend you write the body of your entry in a word document and then cut and paste it into the entry form to prevent work being lost.  

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Initiative title
    Please give your entry a title.
    (25 words)
  2. Aims and reason
    Please describe the aims of the initiative. What were the reasons behind the implementation?
    (200 words)
  3. Roles
    Please clearly explain the role you / the entrant had in leading the initiative and implementation.
    (200 words)
  4. Team or individual entry?
    If this entry is a team entry (either your own or another team), please double check carefully and list the full names and job titles of each team member and how they have each contributed to the entry.
  5. Patient care
    Please describe how the initiative influenced provision of care, addressed carers’ own physical and mental health, and improved health outcomes for those being cared for.
    (250 words)
  6. Challenges
    What were the challenges in implementing the initiative and how were they overcome?
    (200 words)
  7. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)
  8. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee/team have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to the support of carers?
  • How instrumental was the entrant in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the entrant overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes, nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken / is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Community & general practice nursing Sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement
Community & general practice nursing

This award recognises individual nurses or teams who work in community, primary care and public health roles. Whether you work in a health centre, general practice, school or in patients' homes, we want to hear about your innovations and excellent practice.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Excellence in cancer research nursing Sponsored by Cancer Research UK
Excellence in cancer research nursing

This award recognises clinical research nurses and nursing teams who deliver vital cancer research trials and celebrates their impact on patient care and research outcomes.

Entrants will have demonstrated excellence and innovation in delivering cancer clinical trials.

Examples might include initiatives to:

  • Provide innovative solutions to the challenges posed by the increasing complexity of cancer trials and their delivery
  • Streamline the patient pathway thereby improving the experience and care of patients on cancer clinical trials
  • Address issues relating to recruitment to cancer clinical trials
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the role of clinical research nursing and its impact on patient care and outcomes
  • Increase opportunities for patients to access cancer clinical trials
  • Embed a research culture and promote clinical research opportunities to the wider nursing community, other health professionals and patients


Who can enter?
This category is for clinical research nurses and clinical research nursing teams working on cancer clinical trials.

Entries are accepted from clinical research nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers, researchers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award.

Please note, this award is not for nurse researchers or those involved in nursing research.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submission being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title.
    (25 words)

  2. Team or individual entry?
    If this entry is a team entry (either your own or another team), please double check carefully and list the full names and job titles of each team member and how they have each contributed to the entry.

  3. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (300 words)

  4. Key roles
    Explain the role you/the nominee played in this initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  5. Challenges

    What were the challenges of implementing the initiative and how were these overcome?

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  6. Evaluation
    Describe the outcome(s) of the initiative, its impact and what will change as a result.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    How has the initiative been shared to benefit wider nursing practice in this area, patients and cancer trial delivery, or what plans are there to do so?
    (200 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative or project?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up, delivering and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to set up and deliver the initiative.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had, or could potentially have, on patient experience, patient outcomes, or nursing practice relating to clinical cancer research.
  • How has the nominee contributed to the future of clinical research nursing in cancer?
  • To what extent have/will findings and learnings from the initiative benefit wider practice, patient experience and cancer research delivery?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a champion and ambassador for the cancer clinical research nursing profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Innovations in your specialty Sponsored by Nursing & Midwifery Council
Innovations in your specialty

This award recognises individual nurses or teams who have implemented new projects or processes that have resulted in a real difference to patient care in any specialty or nursing environment.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.
    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Leadership Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic London
Leadership

This award is for clinical leaders who have developed initiatives to ensure their team offers the highest quality and safest care possible.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the entrant in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the entrant overcame to get the initiative up and running
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes, nursing practice
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken / is planned?
  • To what extent has the entrant disseminated / plans to disseminate their initiative?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Learning disability nursing
Learning disability nursing

This award recognises individual learning disability nurses or teams who have used their initiative, insight and skills to make a real difference to the health, well-being and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from learning disability nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another learning disability nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Mental health nursing
Mental health nursing

This award recognises nurses whose innovative approach to mental health has inspired service users and colleagues and created positive outcomes in the lives of people they care for.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Nursing older people
Nursing older people

This award celebrates individual nurses or teams who have used their initiative, insight and skills to improve the health and well-being of older people.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Nursing student Sponsored by TORK
Nursing student

This award is for individual nursing students or teams who demonstrate that their nursing practice, perceptions or interactions with patients have changed as a result of a project or experience during training.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nursing students nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nursing student or team. Non-nursing colleagues, such as lecturers, managers or consultants, may also nominate nursing students for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend entrants write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include ‘StreetDoctors nursing student team’.
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)


  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    If it is a team entry, please list the full names and place of study of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    What were the challenges in implementing the initiative and how were they overcome?
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    How has the initiative improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice?
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Do you/your team have plans to disseminate your initiative and share your innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • To what extent does the entrant demonstrate an ability to assess the situation and use their initiative and leadership skills to bring about change?
  • How has the entrant demonstrated their commitment to the nursing profession and delivering excellent patient care?
  • Does the nursing student stand out from the crowd as a patient champion or future leader?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Nursing support worker Sponsored by RCN
Nursing support worker

This award rewards individuals and teams working in a healthcare support role such as healthcare assistants, nursing associates and assistant practitioners who work under the guidance of a registered nurse, health visitor or midwife. It recognises the significant contribution they make to patient care and experdience.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nursing support workers nominating themselves or their own teams. They can also be nominated by nursing and non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend entrants write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  3. Your reasons for entering*
    Describe why you want to nominate yourself/the entrant for the award.
    (200 words)

  4. Above and beyond
    How have you/the nominee gone above and beyond the expectations of the nursing support worker role? What challenges did you/the nominee face and how were they overcome?
    (200 words)

  5. Patient care
    Please give examples of the difference you/the nominee has made to patient care and the nursing team. Has your/their work been evaluated?
    (400 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient or client care and experience and health outcomes.
  • How has the nominee contributed to the nursing team?
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Outstanding contribution to infection prevention and control Sponsored by INEOS Hygienics
Outstanding contribution to infection prevention and control

This award celebrates individual nurses or teams whose infection prevention and control initiatives have improved safety, care and nursing practice.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/the nominee had in leading the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of the nominee.

    If the nominee is a team (either your own or another team), please check carefully and list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member, and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome.
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the nominee have plans to disseminate their initiative or share their innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge?
  • How instrumental was the nominee in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the nominee overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Consider the impact the initiative has had on patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent has the nominee disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nominee stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

Patient’s choice Sponsored by Alexandra
Patient’s choice

This award provides an opportunity for members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor or nursing support worker who has made a real difference to their care of that of a loved one.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from patients and members of the public only. Entries from nurses or colleagues of nurses will not be accepted. Nominees do not need to be members of the RCN.

How to enter
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include ‘Men’s Shed Govan’ and ‘Tissue viability outreach team’
    (25 words).
  2. Team or individual nominee
    Please list the full name, job title and workplace of your nominee.

    If the nominee is a team, please list the full name, job title and workplace of each team member.

  3. Reasons for the nomination
    Please explain why you have chosen to nominate this nurse or team of nurses.
    (400 words).

  4. Above and beyond
    Please explain – and give examples of – how the nurse or team went above and beyond the call of duty and why you feel they deserve the award
    (400 words).

Category judging criteria:

Finalists for this award will be decided by our panel of judges, and the winner will be decided by public vote. Details on how to vote for the winner will be provided once the finalists have been announced.

Team of the year Sponsored by LV
Team of the year

This award recognises that great nursing is often delivered in teams and in close partnership with multidisciplinary colleagues – or even patients or stakeholders. Entrants will need to demonstrate the significance of the nursing contribution to the project’s success as well as its impact on patient care.

Who can enter?
Entries are accepted from nurses nominating their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues for this award. Entrants do not need to be a member of the RCN.

How to enter:
Entries must be submitted online via the ‘enter’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

Changing categories
Once you begin creating your entry, you will be unable to change the category you have chosen to enter. If you want to change category, you will need to delete your original entry in the dashboard and then create a new entry.

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include Hospital@Home team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (25 words)

  2. Key aims
    Describe the key aims of the initiative or project. What were the reasons behind it and how was it implemented?
    (200 words)

  3. Key roles
    Please clearly explain the nursing role (you/the lead entrant) had in the initiative and its implementation.
    (200 words)

  4. Roles within the team
    Please check carefully and list the full name and job title of each team member and describe how each one has contributed to the entry.

  5. Challenges
    Explain the challenges in implementing the initiative and how they were overcome, particularly in relation to team building and integration with colleagues and/or stakeholders?
    (200 words)

  6. Evaluation
    Describe how the initiative has improved patient experience, health outcomes and nursing practice.
    (300 words)

  7. Sharing best practice
    Does the team have plans to disseminate the initiative or share the innovation?
    (100 words)

You can also add up to three supporting files

  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum file size in total is 6MB (2MB per file)
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is the initiative? How much has the project contributed to nursing knowledge and patient care?
  • How instrumental was the nurse/team in setting up and leading the initiative?
  • Consider the level of obstacles the team overcame to get the initiative up and running.
  • Has the nurse/team demonstrated excellent team working and a high level of integration with other members of the multidisciplinary team/stakeholders/patients?
  • How has the initiative changed nursing practice and patient experience?
  • What level of evaluation has been undertaken/is planned?
  • To what extent have the team disseminated their initiative?
  • To what extent does the nurse/team stand out as a nurse leader and ambassador for the profession?


Support with your entry

Watch the free webinars for guidance with entry nomination.

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