The Bristol Health and Care Awards are back for a second year to shine a light on the people who are literally saving lives every day. (To nominate and find out more, visit the Bristol Health and Care Awards website.) There are more than 30,000 health workers in the Bristol region. Most of us never get to hear about the work they do in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care homes throughout the city, and yet when we really need them they’re always there.
From GPs, pharmacists, nurses, junior doctors, and consultants on the front lines of health care, to volunteers, porters and community organisations supporting people day-to-day, to researchers and scientists whose work leads to real improvements, these awards aim to include everyone who helps make a difference to the health of people in Bristol. Nominate someone you believe deserves some recognition. The awards are split into ten categories:
GP Practice of the Year
We are looking for a GP practice in Bristol that stands out for the level of care they provide. Have you received great service? Has a doctor or practice nurse gone above or beyond the call of duty, or has the receptionist always greeted you with a smile and a friendly word? This award recognises the contribution of everyone in the GP practice to provide a good service to patients.
Best Innovation Award
This award celebrates innovation in health and care – a new approach, application of an idea or technology. The judges want to hear how the innovation was developed and accepted, and how it solves a problem or improves patient diagnosis or care. Entries into this award must have been used and tested in a ‘real world’ setting since 1st January 2016.
Research Impact Award
This award recognises excellent research that has made a real difference to people’s lives. Whether it’s evidence that has changed practice in the NHS or public health, or novel treatments that have been clinically tested and accepted, the judges want to hear about research that has made a significant and measurable impact. Entries into this award should focus on impact over the past one to two years.
Outstanding Achievement Award
This award is about celebrating someone who has pushed through change with tenacity and determination. This person may have had to overcome objections or barriers, finding new ways of working, developing new approaches to deliver the best possible care or other impact for people in Bristol. The judges will want to hear how they overcame the challenges presented and made a real difference.
Healthcare Professional of the Year
We are looking for a health care professional who demonstrates an innovative and caring approach to their work. This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to patient care and put the patient at the heart of what they do. Entrants can be from any health care profession, and can work anywhere, from community care to surgical theatres.
Volunteer of the Year
This award acknowledges those volunteers who have shown an exceptional and outstanding commitment to helping people. They can be from inside or outside the NHS, working formally or informally. We want to know how they go above and beyond the call of duty and the difference they are making to people’s lives.
Voluntary and Community Sector Team of the Year
This award is about celebrating the important work that the voluntary sector and community teams do in health and care. Are you – or do you know someone who is – doing something new, something bold or different? Something new to you, new to the sector or a new way of tackling an age-old problem? Or do you know someone who just does what they do really, really well?
Healthcare Team of the Year
This award will celebrate the very best work going on in our health care systems. The nominated team will have provided an improved performance or service and demonstrated significant achievements and commitment to improving care and patient experience. Team work must be at the heart of everything they do.
Health Campaign of the Year
The Health Campaign of the Year Award recognises the best communications and/or information campaign of the year. The award is open to both internal communication campaigns as well as external initiatives including public information campaigns or work to share evidence or research findings. It covers all media, whether broadcast, print, outdoor, PR, digital, mobile or integrated multi-media. Entries can come from individuals, organisations or agencies and must include details of the objectives of the campaign including target audience and key success factors. Campaigns must have launched since 1 January 2016.
To nominate and find out more, visit the Bristol Health and Care Awards website.