Terms and Conditions for Nominating

Applications to the Health and Social Care Awards are subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these carefully and indicate your approval at the bottom of the page before proceeding to the application form.

  • The awards are limited to England. Submissions from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not eligible.
  • The Health and Social Care Awards is a peer-to-peer scheme with the exception of the Dignity in Care Award, which is also open to public nomination. Members of the public are not able to apply for any other categories within the Awards scheme.
  • Assessors, Judges, Department of Health or NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement employees cannot nominate or apply.
  • Entries should be submitted via the online application form unless a paper copy is requested via the helpline (Tel: 0870 000 1100).
  • Entries can be submitted no later than midnight on Friday 6 March 2009.
  • Entries may be edited by the Health and Social Care Awards team in order to correct any erroneous administrative information.
  • Entries cannot be amended by applicants after the entry deadline has passed.
  • At least some of the work involved in your entry must have been undertaken in 2007 or 2008.
  • You may not submit the same entry for more than one category, unless you are also applying for the NHS Live Award.
  • Nominations for the People`s Award for Dignity in Care can only be made for teams or individuals who are provding services for adults (aged 18 years and over).
  • Finalists and winners will be expected to publicise the awards and to help others learn from their work throughout the year.
  • Entries will not be accelerated or otherwise privileged by their success in any other awards scheme.
  • Should the judges determine an entry submitted for one category is of greater relevance to another category, they may re-categorise that entry.
  • All regional winners of the 13 core categories will be automatically considered for the National Awards.
  • The shortlist of regional winners will undergo a national judging process through which the national finalists will be selected.
  • All entries will be vetted and verified for accuracy by members of local NHS and social care organisations. Should it come to light that there are issues, whether ethical or factual, pertaining to any application, the Health and Social Care Awards team reserve the right to withdraw that application, whether or not that application has been selected as a finalist.
  • All entries will be read by assessors selected by the Department of Health and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
  • The contact details contained in entries will not be shared outside of the Department of Health and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, unless permission is granted.
  • The Awards organisers and assessors are unable to correspond with individual entrants or nominees during the assessment process.
  • Feedback can only be provided for shortlisted applications at National and Regional level.
  • The decision of the judges is final.