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Bank Nurses Award


This award recognises and rewards the vital and ever increasing contribution bank nurses play in the overall nursing workforce on wards every day. Nominations will be accepted for an individual bank nurse or a bank nursing team. The entry must demonstrate that the bank nurse/ team possess the essential qualities of exceptional bank nursing - enthusiasm, flexibility, reliability and assertiveness, and a commitment to providing excellent patient care. Please note that bank nurses cannot enter themselves for this award, they must be nominated.

Child Health Award


This award is open to NHS or independent sector nurses involved in improving the health of children and young people. Nurses can either nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

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Claire Rayner Patient's Choice Award


This award is for members of the public to thank a nurse who has made a real difference to their or a loved one's healthcare.

Defence Nursing Award


This award rewards and celebrates excellence and innovation in military nursing. It is open to all those individual nurses and teams serving with the military as reservists or regular staff. Nurses can either nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Ehealth Award


This new award is for nurses that have successfully implemented new information or communication technologies that promote and facilitate the health of patients or enhance professional practice such as telehealthcare, software applications, decision support systems, internet or intranet to access health information and the use of mobile phones and portable devices. Entries will be accepted from the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Healthcare Assistants Award


This award recognises and rewards the outstanding contribution healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners give to patients and clients on a day-to-day basis. Healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners can either nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries can be from the NHS or independent sector.

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Innovations in Neurology Award


This award is for nurses working within the field of neurology from both the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can enter themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should clearly demonstrate that their initiative and innovation has lead to a significant improvement in the quality of care for patients with neurological conditions. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Innovations in Respiratory Award


This award is for nurses working within the field of respiratory health who can clearly demonstrate that their initiatives and innovations have increased the effectiveness of care and improved the quality of life for patients with respiratory disease. Entries will be accepted from both the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Innovations in your Specialty Award


This award is for nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care or who have initiated projects which have a made a real difference to the lives of the people they care for within any specialty. Entries are accepted from nurses working in the NHS or independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

International Nursing Award


This award is for nurses whose international work has made a difference to the health care of people outside the UK, or for nurses, who as a result of working abroad have introduced new nursing practises within the UK. Entries are accepted from nurses who have been or are currently working in the UK health service. Nurses may nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

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Learning Disability Nursing Award


This award is for nurses working within the field of learning disability who can clearly demonstrate that their initiative has improved the health, well-being and social inclusion of people with a learning disability. Entries are accepted from the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or can nominate a colleague or another team.

Mental Health Award


This award is for nurses working within the field of mental health who can clearly demonstrate that their initiative has improved the mental health clinical care of service users. Entries are accepted from the NHS or the independent sector and from any care setting. Nurses can either nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

RCN Fellows Student Nurse Award


This award is for student nurses whose nursing practice, perceptions or interactions with patients have changed as a result of an incident or experience during training.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Chairman’s Award for Compassionate Nursing Care


This award recognises and rewards nurses that demonstrate exceptional compassionate nursing skills. Colleagues and members of the public can nominate a nurse. Nominations are accepted for nurses working in the NHS or independent sector.

Ward Sister Award


This award is to recognise and reward inspirational ward leaders that excel in delivering safe, high quality patient care. Ward sisters / charge nurses must be nominated for this award. Entries are accepted from the NHS and independent sector.