5th March 2019
' Nominations open '
26th April 2019
' Nominations close '
24th June 2019
' Shortlist announced '
10th July 2019
' Awards ceremony '


In 2019, MPs were asked to nominate in the categories listed below:

The Care and Compassion Award

For any Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional or care staff member of any discipline and in any setting, that has used their skills to ensure that patients experience care and compassion.

This could be through:

  • changing how healthcare staff communicate with patients and their families;
  • driving improvements to care environments to make them dementia-friendly or generally more pleasant places for patients and their loved ones, or;
  • ensuring that patients and their families are well-informed and empowered to play an active role in deciding what type of care they receive.

The Excellence in Healthcare

The top causes of early death for the people in England are: heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory conditions, dementias, and self-harm. This award recognises individuals or teams who go above and beyond to improve outcomes and experience for patients living with and beyond these major health conditions or work to prevent them.

This could be through:

  • establishing a new process to identify and prevent major conditions earlier;
  • developing effective ways to share and spread awareness of a major health condition, or;
  • working with patients and their families to support people to stay well and recover in their own homes, and with the right support in place within their communities.

The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award

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To an individual or team that has worked across organisational boundaries to develop new and effective services to help people living with mental health problems in their community.

This could be through:

  • developing new and effective kinds of services for those experiencing or at risk of crisis;
  • working with local partners to put in place effective prevention strategies that promote better mental health, or;
  • working with their communities to address stigma and help design services for those who are hardest to reach, reducing health inequalities.

The Excellence in Primary Care Award

Primary care services are the ‘front door’ of the NHS and our first port of call when experiencing symptoms. Primary care practitioners are GPs, community pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, community midwives and health visitors, family planning or sexual health clinic staff.

This award recognises the primary care practitioner or team who is working with patients to help them stay healthy in their own homes for as long as possible.

As the needs of patients and the wider NHS evolves, so does the role of primary care, and this award seeks to recognise primary care practitioners and teams that are working with patients to help them stay healthy and avoid long stays in hospital or being admitted in the first place.

This could be through:

  • bringing in different kinds of professionals and/or working with the voluntary and community groups to broaden the range of services in their local practice;
  • working closely with colleagues in hospitals, community teams and the third sector to plan patient care better, or;
  • joining together with other practices to jointly deliver more convenient appointments for patients.

The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award

To an individual or team that has made improvements to how the NHS treats people in life or death situations.

This award seeks to celebrate the amazing work of our emergency care services across the country, whether that’s A&E doctors and nurses, Ambulance Service paramedics and technicians, out-of-hours GPs or the 999 and 111 teams who take calls from worried members of the public. We are looking specifically for nominees who have made improvements to how the NHS treats people who need urgent care in their areas.

This could be through:

  • developing new protocols, including working with other agencies and/or volunteers to improve response times or increase capacity in A&E;
  • increasing the effectiveness of care, or;
  • putting in place different services which are more convenient for people needing urgent treatment.

The Future NHS Award

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To a person or team that has successfully trialled and embedded change to make better use of data and digital technology, provide more convenient access to services and information for patients and improve support for staff.

This award seeks to highlight individuals, teams and organisations that are successfully embracing the opportunities that come from advances in medical technology, data and connectivity.

This could be through:

  • developing ways of using wearable devices and apps to monitor patients or support them to manage their own conditions;
  • harnessing technology to make their services more connected, efficient and effective, freeing up staff time and resources to improve patient care, or;
  • using data to provide analysis and evidence which helps professionals better target services to prevent ill health or the need for crisis care.

The Health Equalities Award

The social and economic environment in which we are born, grow up, live, work and age, as well as the decisions we make for ourselves and our families collectively have a bigger impact on our health than health care alone, and we know there is more we can do to prevent or delay ill health and treat people quicker. 

This award is for an individual or organisation that helps the NHS to do its bit by bringing together different groups and organisations to reduce health inequalities and prevent ill health in their community.

This could be through:

  • developing new services for groups that traditionally struggle to access the NHS;
  • working with partners to plan services across an area to improve the health and wellbeing of those who suffer poorer outcomes, rather than on picking up the pieces afterwards, or;
  • finding new ways to identify and tackle unwarranted variation.

The Wellbeing at Work Award

For the NHS Long Term Plan to succeed, we need to ensure we have enough people, in the right place with the right skills and experience, so that staff have the time they need to care for patients well. This award is for an individual or team that has successfully trialled and embedded change(s) that have made the NHS a better place to work.

This could be through:

  • designing new approaches to improve the recruitment and retention of staff;
  • developing safe, confidential non-stigmatising services for staff to turn to when they are struggling and need help;
  • finding new ways for staff to progress in within their roles, or;
  • leading the charge in efforts to address discrimination, violence, bullying and harassment.

The Volunteer of the Year Award

To celebrate volunteers who help shape and deliver better services in their area by donating their time and expertise to the NHS.

This award looks to celebrate members of the public who give up their time and lend their experiences to help shape and deliver better services for themselves and others in their area. We are looking for individuals or local groups, such as local Healthwatches or lay/patient representatives on NHS boards, who have worked hand in hand with local services to ensure they better meet the needs of those they serve.

This could be through:

  • providing critical but constructive feedback on performance;
  • augmenting the NHS’ ability to reach out to different communities, or;
  • fundraising for new or improved facilities or treatment options.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

For an individual who has worked within a health or care setting for 40 years or more, who has left a legacy.

This award seeks to honour those who have given their life to the NHS, and have left it, whether just in their area or nationally, a better service for patients, and/or a better place to work for those who will follow them. We are looking for someone who has worked or volunteered within or in support of a health or care setting for 40 years or more, and who has left a lasting legacy.

This could be through:

  • championing diversity and inclusion at work and in how the NHS treats patients;
  • leading improvements in care or working conditions in challenging circumstances, or;
  • simply bringing a smile to patients’ faces day in, day out.