New NHS England Excellence in Participation Awards 2013/14 launched

Patients, service users, carers, volunteers, members of the public and staff of health and care organisations are being asked to nominate their achievements for a series of new national excellence awards.

The NHS England Excellence in Participation Awards 2013/14 will celebrate the outstanding contributions of people and organisations across the country, who are transforming people’s lives, improving health and care services and putting patients, service users, carers and communities at the very heart of healthcare.

There are a range of awards all designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements by people and organisations including a Participant of the Year Award, a Children and Young People’s Award for Excellence and awards for both providers and commissioners for excellence in both public and individual participation.

Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information for NHS England, said: “The NHS England Excellence in Participation Awards are a great way for us to celebrate the fantastic work that goes on in the NHS and the wider health and care sector that really puts patients, service users, families, carers, volunteers and members of the public at the heart of designing and improving health and care services for the future.

It’s also a great way to highlight and share best practice across the whole health and care sector while inspiring the public by demonstrating the work these excellent teams and individuals have done.”

People can nominate themselves, another team or another individual. Members of the public can nominate for all awards and likewise health and care related organisations can nominate colleagues, teams, themselves, patients, service users, volunteers, carers or members of the public.

Eligible organisations include those such as hospitals, community services, walk-in centres, Ambulance services and commissioning organisations including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), GPs and any other organisation which provides or commissions services including voluntary and community organisations.

Those nominated for the Participants Award could include patients, carers, young people or members of the public who have supported NHS funded health and care.  This could be by either offering one to one support to individuals to enable them to manage their own care, or by participating in projects to design, shape or improve health and care for the benefit of all.

The awards fall into four categories: Excellence in Public Participation, Individual Participation, Insight and Feedback and the People’s Awards.

To enter visit the Excellence in Participation Awards webpages and and fill in the form provided.  Please read the NHS England Excellence in Participation Awards 2014 guidelines which have full details of the Awards including a detailed overview of each award category, how to apply and how the awards will be judged.

All applications must be received by 9am on Monday 20 January.

The winners will be announced at the UK’s leading healthcare conference Health Innovation EXPO in Manchester on 3 March 2014.