Audit Heroes Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Audit Heroes Awards are now open

The Audit Heroes Awards are the highlight of Clinical Audit Awareness Week. They are an opportunity to highlight the wonderful work taking place all over the country to improve health care for patients and users of services.

There are 6 awards categories this year and each category is divided into two sections – local and national:

  • Clinical Audit Professional of the Year
  • Student of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Clinical Practitioner of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Nurse or Midwife (a one-off award to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday)

Entry guidelines

You can nominate yourself or somebody else by providing your evidence on the entry form provided only.

Please do not submit additional files, research abstracts or posters as these will not be considered by our judges. This is to ensure consistency in the judging process.

Nominations are open to those working in the public sector and the third sector (including charities, voluntary organisations and community interest companies). Nominations will be accepted from the commercial/independent sector only when they involve collaborations with the public sector or third sector.

The Audit Heroes Awards seek to recognise the contribution of those working in the United Kingdom, including crown dependencies and devolved administrations. We encourage those in other countries to run their own similar awards scheme.

What will the judges look for?

In each category, judges will look for evidence of excellence. They can only make a decision on the basis of the information you provide in the nomination form, so please read the following information to help you prepare your entry. Wherever possible, describe the impact of the nominee’s work, with evidence of demonstrable progress or success.

Clinical Audit Professional of the Year

This category recognises an outstanding individual who works in clinical audit at any level. The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • How the nominee has made a difference to patients or users of the service, their professional community or their field of work
  • How they’ve championed clinical audit and quality improvement
  • Innovation
  • Interventions/changes that have yielded a sustainable improvement

Please note this award is for individuals whose primary role is clinical audit.

You can nominate more than one person in this category but you should submit a separate nomination for each individual. A single nomination for multiple individuals will not be accepted.

Student of the Year

This award is open to any student undertaking a placement in a health or care setting who has engaged with clinical audit and quality improvement to make a difference. Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • High levels of engagement with their area of study
  • Understanding the importance of clinical audit to drive improvement
  • Leading or making a substantial contribution to the successful delivery of an improvement project or initiative

Please note this award is for individuals who are full or part time students, or who were students during the time period covered in the nomination. Nominations for doctors in training should be made in the Clinical Professional of the Year category.

You can nominate more than one person in this category but you should submit a separate nomination for each individual. If a number of students worked collaboratively and contributed equally to an initiative or project, you may nominate them collectively in a single submission.

Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises the enormous contribution made by volunteers to our health and care sectors. This could be an individual volunteer or a group of volunteers who regularly volunteer together for a service or on a project. It includes charity volunteers, community groups and youth groups. There are no restrictions on the age of the volunteer or volunteers. Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Making a significant contribution to the improvement efforts of the audit team, department or organisation they support
  • Providing invaluable support to a clinical audit and/or quality improvement process, programme or project
  • Using their own insight and experience, or supporting other patients and users of services to give feedback, to influence and guide decision making

You can nominate more than one person or team in this category but you should submit a separate submission for each nomination.

Clinical Practitioner of the Year

This award is open to anyone who delivers clinical services or clinical support services at any grade. Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Using audit data to improve clinical practice, clinical services, clinical support services or the experience of patients and users of services
  • Leading or making a substantial contribution to the successful delivery of clinical audit in their specialty, or to an improvement programme, project or initiative that has used clinical audit data
  • Championing data-driven and evidence-based improvement as best practice

You can nominate more than one person in this category but you should submit a separate nomination for each individual. A single nomination for multiple individuals will not be accepted.

Team of the Year

This award is open to clinical audit teams as well as multi-disciplinary and collaborative teams that include clinical audit representation. Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Leading on or significantly contributing to systematic change in order to achieve a measurable improvement in the quality of operational processes, patient care or health outcomes
  • Delivering or contributing to education and training that supports a culture of improvement
  • Proactively working with patients and carers to co-design improvements/interventions that lead to better outcomes, care, or processes

You can nominate more than one team in this category.

Florence Nightingale Award (Outstanding Contribution by a Nurse or Midwife)

This one-off award has been created to mark the first ever International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and commemorate the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. It will be given to a nurse or midwife who has used clinical audit to achieve a significant impact in any of the following areas:

  • Patient care
  • Patient experience
  • Clinical procedures or processes
  • Contributions to the body of knowledge in any clinical area – this can be in the form of documented accomplishments such as research publications, articles, or books
  • Supporting professional development in nursing or midwifery

Entries will be accepted from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a nurse or midwife from the NHS, not-for-profit and third sectors in the UK.

Submitting a nomination

We ask that all submissions and nominees follow our entry guidelines.

Nominations must be submitted online via email. No hard copy entries will be accepted.

Only fully completed entry forms are accepted. Please do not submit additional files, research abstracts or posters as these will not be considered by our judges. This is to ensure consistency in the judging process.

There is a 800 word limit on the supporting statement part of the application.  Please observe the word limit as judges will only receive the number of words requested.

All nominations must relate to accomplishments occurring during 2019 and/or 2020. We encourage submissions relating to Covid-19 activity where impact can be demonstrated.

Members of the judging panel may not be nominated.

If you nominate someone for more than one award, each nomination must be submitted as a separate entry. When stating the category of entry on the nomination form, please also state whether your nomination is for local or national audit.

Please provide full contact details for the nominee on the entry form as it is essential that we can contact them easily regarding the submission. If we are not able to make contact with the person or team nominated, we may not be able to announce if they have been shortlisted.

Please download the nomination form below and submit your completed form to [email protected]

Deadline

Completed nominations must be submitted no later than midnight on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

On receipt of your entry, the awards administrators will confirm its arrival via email.

After submission

Nominations will be assessed by our panel of judges. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 9 November 2020 on our website and social media channels.

We will email shortlisted nominees only.

The winners will be announced during Clinical Audit Awareness Week (23-27 November).

Monday 23 November Announcement of winners in the following category:

Clinical Audit Professional of the Year (local)

Clinical Audit Professional of the Year (national)

Tuesday 24 November Announcement of winners in the following category:

Student of the Year (local)

Student of the Year (national)

Volunteer of the Year (local)

Volunteer of the Year (national)

Wednesday 25 November Announcement of winners in the following category:

Florence Nightingale Award (local)

Florence Nightingale Award (national)

Thursday 26 November Announcement of winners in the following category:

Clinical Practitioner of the Year (local)

Clinical Practitioner of the Year (national)

Friday 27 November Announcement of winners in the following category:

Team of the Year (local)

Team of the Year (national)

Shortlisted entries will be enrolled onto our virtual Hall of Fame using the information taken from the entry form. For information governance and safeguarding reasons, we require the consent of nominees and winners to publish their details. We will not publish information where we have been unable to confirm consent.

2019 Winners

All the 2019 winners are listed on this page: 2019 Audit Heroes