Our 2020 categories

Advanced nurse practitioner
Advanced nurse practitioner

This award recognises the impact that advanced nurse practitioners, as individuals and in teams, have 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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.  
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Child health
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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Community nursing
Community 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, care home, 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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.  
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing Award
Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing Award

This award recognises and celebrates the impact of individual clinical research nurses or clinical research nursing teams involved in the delivery of cancer research through clinical trials.

Entrants will have demonstrated excellence and innovation in areas such as patient experience, patient care, accessibility of cancer clinical trials, recruitment to cancer clinical trials and raising awareness of cancer clinical research.

Who can enter?
This category is only open to those entering as or nominating either a) a clinical research nurse working on cancer clinical trials, or b) a clinical research nursing team working on cancer clinical trials.

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

Entries are accepted from clinical research nurses nominating themselves or their own teams. They can also be nominated by nursing and non-nursing colleagues such as managers, researchers or consultants.

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

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’
    (15 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. Reasons for entering
    Describe why you want to enter yourself/the nominee for the award.
    (200 words)

  4. Rationale for and key aim(s) of the initiative
    Describe the rationale for and key aim(s) of your/the nominee’s initiative.
    (200 words)

  5. Implementation of initiative
    Describe how you/the nominee implemented the initiative. (200 words)

  6. Key roles
    Explain the role you/the nominee played in this initiative. (200 words)

  7. Collaboration
    Explain how you/the nominee worked with other health professionals or services to maximise the success of the initiative. (200 words)

  8. Challenges
    What were the challenges of implementing the initiative and how were these overcome? (300 words)

  9. Evaluation
    Reflect on the outcome(s) of the initiative, its impact and what will change as a result. What learnings could be applied to other clinical areas?
    (300 words)

  10. Sharing your findings
    How have you/the nominee shared findings from the initiative to further support daily practice, patients and cancer trial delivery, or what plans are there to do so?
    (200 words)

  11. Looking ahead
    What would you like to do next? (150 words)
     

    If you wish to attach supporting files, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
Category judging criteria:
  • How creative/innovative is this initiative?
  • 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 on improving the patient experience, patient outcomes, treatment discovery 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 findings and learnings from the initiative for the benefit of 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?
Innovations in your specialty
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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs - any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Learning disability nursing
Learning disability nursing

This award recognises individual 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 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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs - any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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.
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.  
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Nursing student
Nursing student

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

Who can enter?
Nursing students must submit their own entry. Nominations for this award are not accepted. Student team entries are accepted.

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

What your entry must include

  1. Title
    Please give your entry a title. Examples from previous years include ‘StreetDoctors nursing student team’ and ‘Young carers’ project’
    (15 words)    

  2. Your reasons for entering

    Describe the incident or experience where, by applying your learning, you/your team were able to make a real difference to patient care.
    (200 words)
 

  3. Key roles
    Clearly explain the role you/each team member played.
    (200 words)

  4. Team or individual nominee?
    Please give your full name and place of study.

    If it is a team entry, please check carefully and 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?
    (250 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Nursing support worker
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 now’ button. We highly recommend you write the body of your entry in a Word document and then cut and paste it into the online entry form to prevent work being lost.

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’
    (15 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)

If you wish to attach supporting files, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.  
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?
Patient’s Choice
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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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).

Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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 in March 2020.

Team of the year
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 at nurseawards.co.uk via the ‘enter now’ button. We recommend nominators write the body of their entry in a separate document first, then copy and paste it into the online entry form, to avoid the risk of submissions being lost.

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’
    (15 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?
    (250 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)

 If you wish to attach supporting files to support your entry, please do so here. Please note:

  • Your document must be a PDF.
  • You can include case studies, evaluation reports, images, graphs – any information that will support your submission.
  • The maximum size you can upload is 5MB.
Entry Deadline
17 January 2020 - 00:00
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?