The judging process for the RCN Nursing Awards 2021 is split into two stages, and follows the key dates below:

Key dates
Entry deadline 24 May
Shortlist announcement 23 June
Judging interviews 12 - 19 July

Stage one: online judging

Once entries close at the end of May, a panel of specialist judges will review the submissions to decide on a shortlist of five entries per category.

All entrants will be notified via email in June to confirm whether their entry has been successful or not. The shortlist will then be announced online via our website and social media on 23 June.

Stage two: judging interview

Those entrants successfully shortlisted (excluding the Patient’s Choice finalists) will be required to give a virtual presentation of their initiative to a panel of judges between Monday 12 July and Monday 19 July.

Please note that due to the number of people involved, presentation dates are non-negotiable. If you are unable to attend your time slot, please contact the event team as soon as possible.

Each finalist will have ten minutes to give a short presentation about their entry to the panel, followed by a question-and-answer session to enable the judges to find out as much as possible about the entry.

The panel will then decide the winner for each category and category winners will go on to be considered by the judges for the overall RCN Nurse of the Year award.

This process may sound daunting, but most nurses find it an enjoyable experience. Please allow at least an hour for the judging process to take place.

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 will be provided when the finalists are announced in June.


All winners will be announced at the RCN Nursing Awards 2021. The date and the details for our award ceremony will be confirmed later in the year.

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