Richard Driscoll Memorial Award

Richard Driscoll

This year’s Richard Driscoll Memorial Award is now closed. Our judges are reviewing submissions and we’ll be announcing the winner very soon!

The Richard Driscoll Memorial Award celebrates great public and patient involvement in national clinical audit. The award is presented to the HQIP commissioned programme that has been judged to have best demonstrated that they have meaningful patient and carer involvement embedded in their work.

The award was established in 2018 to commemorate our former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Richard Driscoll, who sadly passed away in 2017. Richard worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout his life serving for a number of charitable organisations including the British Society of Gastroenterology, Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the UK IBD Registry. The award was set up in his honour to recognise patient and public involvement in clinical audit and the inaugural award took place on 11 October 2018.

All HQIP commissioned national programmes are eligible to submit an application that showcases how patients and carers influence the production of the patient-focused outputs of the programme.

This year we are focusing on the information the programmes produce for patients and carers, highlighting the variety of formats and styles in which projects choose to share data, treatment options and recommendations for quality improvement in local services and patient outcomes.

This is an opportunity for the patient advocates involved in your programme to talk about their role and influence and share experiences about how the programme supports them.

The winners will be invited to HQIP’s annual general meeting on 18 November to receive their award and give a short presentation. You can send your submissions in any format for example you may choose to share an image (infographic, poster etc.) blog or vlog, but judges will be using the criteria set out below to choose the winning entries (please click the tabs below).


How are patients and carers involved? Is the audit prioritising the views of patients and carers? Are patients and carers co-creating these outputs?


What methods are used to inform patients and carers about the audit and the results? How have you ensured that the information is inclusive and accessible?

Communication and dissemination

In what way does the project engage and communicate with other patients? Does the activity reach all relevant groups? What approaches to disseminate outputs are working well? How easy is it to locate the information?


How are patients involved? Are they leading this work? How is the learning being shared and implemented? How is PPI embedded in the programme?


Is there evidence that the outputs are supporting people in their own care? Can patient groups use the outputs to influence their local services? Are the resources reaching the target audience?

Please send your submission for the Richard Driscoll Memorial Award to [email protected]  by Friday 1 October.

We also ask that you submit the following information along with your entry:

  • Name and role
  • Contact number and email address
  • Name of project
  • Project Twitter handle (if applicable)
  • Employing/hosting organisation
  • Employing/hosting organisation’s Twitter handle (if applicable)

Past winners

Click here to view the previous winners and shortlisted submissions from 2018, 2019, and 2020, who were recognised for their work.