Award Categories and Nomination Process 2019

Both the NHS Long-Term Plan and the Interim People Plan emphasise that developing a positive, inclusive and people-centred culture, where diversity is respected and valued, is an essential aspect of achieving the NHS ambitions over the next 10 years.

The National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Health and Care awards have been developed to celebrate the progress made in supporting BAME staff to thrive in our organisations. Where healthcare organisations are investing in prevention of health inequalities, we want to acknowledge and share good practice interventions and tools as well as innovative ideas that contribute to better patient care.

Award winners can be from any background but need to demonstrate that they have made a positive and sustainable difference to the lives of BAME people, staff, patients, users of services or communities.

The Nomination Process:

Who can nominate?

Anyone

 

Who can be nominated?

Nominees must be either a current employee or a team in an NHS or  social care service in the statutory, voluntary or private sector in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

 

How to nominate:

  • The nomination will be through an online form on the website. There is also Word version of the form available.
  • People can be nominated for more than one of the award categories (but each nomination requires a separate entry).
  • Individuals completing nomination forms need to demonstrate how the nominee meets all of the criteria for each category. The maximum word limit is 250 words for each criterion. Anything beyond 250 words will be rejected.

The 10 National BAME Health and Care Award Categories are:

1. Compassionate and Inclusive Leader

This leader creates a culture where staff feel safe to be themselves and where everyone feels inspired to achieve their best. They “raise the bar” to ensure that the whole service responds to the needs of BAME patients and communities. They are prepared to innovate, challenging the system where necessary, while rewarding and encouraging good practice as it develops. Criteria:

 

  • The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader in actively supporting BAME employees. (250 words max.)
  • Has implemented an improvement initiative that has significantly enhanced either career progression of BAME    staff or care for BAME patients/service users. (250 words max.)
  • Has ensured that the improvements they have made are sustainable across the organisation. (250 words   max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities or BAME   staff. (250 words max.)

 

2. Ground-breaking Researcher

This nominee or nominated team has developed research with the potential to improve health outcomes of BAME patients and/or communities. Their primary focus has been to address the specific needs of BAME communities with recommendations on how the needs of these groups can be addressed. Criteria:

 

  • Has implemented a research project that has significantly enhanced the care or access to care for BAME patients/service users. (250 words max.)
  • Has ensured that any recommendations arising from the research project are sustained or disseminated across the organisation. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities. (250      words max.)

 

3. Outstanding Student / Apprentice

This student or apprentice, in the first two years of their career in health and social care, has demonstrated a genuine commitment to BAME communities, peers or colleagues in the way they carry out their role. They have proactively worked with BAME groups to improve the lives of patients or the staff they work within a measurable way. Criteria:

 

  • Has proactively undertaken a piece of work that has significantly enhanced the care or access to care for BAME patients/service users. (250 words max.)
  • Has identified an opportunity to improve outcomes for BAME staff, patients or communities. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities or BAME staff. (250 words max.)

 

4. Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion Lead 

This person has a job role that is predominantly to lead on race equality issues. The person strives to ensure that the views of BAME groups are heard, often asking the difficult questions to change the system. This person is a great influencer and inspires and motivates everyone around them to improve services for BAME staff and communities. Criteria:

 

The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader in actively supporting BAME employees. (250 words max.)

  • Has enabled a change in the way the service operates that responds to a longstanding concern of BAME staff, patients/service users or carers. (250 words max.)
  • Has created a structural change that ensures either BAME staff or BAME patients/service users or carers  have a more influential voice in the organisation. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change. (250 words max.)

 

5. Integration Innovator

This innovator has developed or leads a genuinely integrated and sustainable service or product that is focused on patient centred care for BAME people.  Criteria:

 

  • The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader in actively supporting BAME patients or communities.  (250 words max.)
  • Has enabled a change in the way the service operates in a more integrated way that responds to a  longstanding concern of BAME patients/service users or carers. (250 words max.)
  • Has ensured a sustained change that increases the operational integration of formerly separate services,  including shared processes, records, staff and/or management. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities. (250  words max.)

 

6. Clinical champion

This clinician is working at any level and in any service who: 

(a) Puts the patient at the centre of their practice;

(b) Has demonstrated expertise in understanding and addressing health   inequalities; 

(c) Has developed clinical services, which meet the needs of people from BAME communities.

 

Criteria:

  • The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader in actively supporting BAME employees, patients and/or  communities. (250 words max.)
  • -Has introduced a new service or improved an existing service to focus on a health or care issue experienced by BAME patients/service users or carers. (250 words max.)
  • Has created a structural change that ensures either BAME staff or BAME patients/service users or carers  have an opportunity to influence service development. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities or BAME  staff. (250 words max.)

 

7. Digital Champion

This team or person has used technology and expertise to improve access, communication or support for BAME people, staff, patients or communities. Criteria:

 

  • Has developed digital technology which has improved access, communication or support for BAME people, staff, patients or communities. (250 words max.)
  • Has ensured that digital innovation is sustained across the service/organisation. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities. (250 words max.)

 

8. Inspiring Service User or Patient or Patient Representative

This person taps into their lived experience of using services and brings people together to ensure that the voices of patients are heard and that health and care services are co-produced from a service user and patient perspective. Criteria:

 

  • Has successfully advocated for organisational action that has improved access, communication or support for BAME people, staff, patients or communities. (250 words max.)
  • Has ensured that the improvement is sustained across the service/organisation. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a barrier to change affecting BAME patients. (250 words max.)

 

9. Health and Wellbeing Advocate

This person or team has designed an innovative health prevention initiative or tool which is:

(a) Improving health outcomes for BAME employees, patients or communities;

(b) Increasing knowledge and awareness of health issues: or 

(c) Improving access to prevention and screening services. 

 

Criteria:

  • Has implemented an innovative health prevention initiative or tool which is improving health outcomes for BAME people and communities, increasing awareness of health issues or improving access to services. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has clearly shown a positive impact of the initiative or tool on health outcomes for BAME patients. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME communities. (250 words max.)

 

10. Workforce Innovator

This person or team has demonstrated success in addressing inequalities and improving outcomes for BAME staff, ensuring a culture where BAME staff can thrive. Criteria:

 

  • The nominee is a role model and innovative leader in actively supporting BAME employees. (250 words max.)
  • Has introduced an organisational change that has produced a measurable and significant reduction in levels of complaints of bullying and harassment by BAME staff. (250 words max.)
  • Has created a structural change that ensures BAME staff have a more influential voice in the organisation. (250 words max.)
  • Has constructively managed to remove a significant barrier to change affecting BAME staff. (250 words max.)

 

 

Timeline:

  • Closing date for submissions is 21st September
  • Shortlisted nominees will be notified by 30th September
  • Awards Ceremony takes place in London on 17th October 2019

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