Once entries closed in February a panel of specialist judges reviewed all submitted entries and decided on a shortlist of five entries per category.

All entrants, whether shortlisted or not, were notified via email during April to confirm whether their entry had been successful.

Excluding the Patient’s Choice finalists, all shortlisted entrants were required to present their initiative to a panel of judges in London.

Face-to-face judging took place from Monday 29 April – Friday 3 May 2019

Finalists were asked to attend one judging day. Due to the number of people involved, the dates and times allocated to finalists were non-negotiable.

Each finalist had ten minutes to present a short PowerPoint presentation about their entry to the judges, followed by a question and answer session for the judges to find out as much as possible about the entry.

The panel then decided the winner for each category and category winners were then considered by the judges for the overall award, the “RCN Nurse of the Year 2019”.

This may sound daunting, but the judging days were a great opportunity for finalists to meet their fellow category finalists and most nurses find the judging days an enjoyable experience.

While at the judging, finalists may have been asked to have their photos taken, take part in a short interview about their work and discuss their entry in more detail with our editors. We requested that finalists allowed at least half a day for the judging process to take place.

To see the judging days in action, click on the Judging Days Highlights 2018  video below:


The Patient’s Choice Award

The winner of the Patient’s Choice Award is decided by public vote.
Details on how to vote for the winner of this category were provided when the finalists were announced in April 2019.


All winners were announced at the awards ceremony, that took place at the Westminster Park Plaza in London on Wednesday 3 July 2019.