Patient and Public Involvement Hero 2024

The Patient and Public Involvement Hero Award is one of five categories in our Clinical Audit Hero Awards. The award recognises clinical audits and other quality improvement projects that are engaging effectively with patients, carers and communities, whether through innovative practice or engagement activity. The winner(s) will be announced at an online Lunch & Learn event on Tues 25 June 2024 from 12.30-1.30pm (details of which can be found here).

Award nominations are now closed.

If you have any questions relating to the Clinical Audit Heroes Awards (or Clinical Audit Awareness Week), please email: [email protected].

Eligibility criteria

Excellence in clinical audit and quality improvement techniques, with patient and public involvement helping to fuel real and impactful improvements in health and care, must be demonstrated.

Please also make clear how the following points have been met, in your nomination:

  • Must involve clinical audit(s)* or similar evidence/data-informed healthcare improvement project(s)
  • The project period must be as recent as practically possible (ideally run since October 2022; however, we recognise – and accept – that some projects may involve longer lead times)
  • Those nominated must have led or made a substantial contribution to the successful delivery of the project
  • Shows evidence of effectively engaging patients, carers and the public
  • Eligible to both staff and those involved in engagement, e.g. volunteers, patient panels, members of project teams.

*HQIP Best Practice in Clinical Audit


  • Individuals or teams can be nominated by themselves or by others
  • Projects, individuals or teams can be involved in any type of healthcare setting in the UK
  • Open to projects at a local, system or national level.

Note: We want to encourage entries from all projects that support evidence-based quality improvement in health and care, so please contact us if you have any issues with any of these criteria outlined here.

Judging criteria

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clear project design – topics are aligned with patient priorities for improvement*
  • Evidence of engagement of patients, the public and carers during the planning stage
  • Evidence of engagement of patients, the public and carers when reviewing findings
  • Evidence of engagement of and collaboration with patients, the public and carers when planning implementation of quality improvement
  • Evidence of patient, carer and public involvement in continuous improvement.

*HQIP Best Practice in Clinical Audit and HQIP Best Practice in Clinical Audit HQIP’s Guide to developing a patient and public involvement panel for Quality Improvement


Return to Clinical Audit Heroes Awards webpage.