The judging process for the RCN Nursing Awards 2023 is split into two stages, and follows the key dates below:

Key dates
Launch Monday 27 February
Entry deadline Friday 28 April
Deadline extended Monday 15 May
Stage 1: Online judging Thursday 25 May – Monday 12 June
Shortlist announcement Wednesday 12 July
Judging interviews Monday 4 – Friday 15 September
RCN Nursing Awards 2023 Friday 10 November

Stage one: shortlisting

Once entries close, a panel of nurse leaders will review the submissions and select a shortlist of five finalists per category.

The shortlist will be announced on our website and social media on Wednesday 12 July. Entrants will be notified by email if their entry has been successful or not.

Stage two: interviews

Finalists (excluding the Patient’s Choice category) will be required to present their work to our judges between Monday 4 – Friday 15 September.

Please note: Due to the number of people involved, presentation dates are non-negotiable.

Each finalist will have ten minutes to present via Teams followed by a ten-minute question-and-answer session. This may sound daunting, but our finalists find it an enjoyable experience.

The panel decides the winner for each category. The overall RCN Nurse of the Year 2023 will be chosen from those winners.

The Patient's Choice Award

The winner of the Patient's Choice Award is decided by a public vote. Details will be provided when the finalists are announced in July.


All winners will be announced at the RCN Nursing Awards 2023 ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November.


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