Healthwatch Network Awards Categories and Criteria

If you want to submit a case study from your annual report for a Healthwatch Network award, use our award category criteria to shape your entry.
Two blonde women receiving a Healthwatch Network Award

The Healthwatch Network Awards are an opportunity to showcase where you have gone above and beyond to make sure health and social care services meet everybody's needs. 

This year, we've made applying for the awards easier. All you have to do is include a case study in your annual report that meets the award entry criteria we've outlined below, and then submit your annual report and the categories you'd like to enter using our online form. 

Upload your annual report and enter the Healthwatch Network Awards

This year's awards categories are:

  • Championing diversity and inclusion
  • Giving people the advice and information they need
  • Helping more people to have their say
  • Improving health and social care
  • Outstanding individuals who've made a difference

Championing diversity and inclusion

This award recognises how Healthwatch have made a difference to the experience of diverse communities using health and social care services. 

We want to know:

  • The steps you undertook to understand the health and social care needs of a diverse community in your area.
  • How you worked with other local organisations and partners to represent the interests of this community?
  • What work you did to help improve health and social care services for this community?
  • How your work has made a difference to this community’s experiences of using local health and social care services?

Giving people the advice and information they need

This award recognises how Healthwatch have helped people make decisions about their health and wellbeing by getting them the advice and information they need. 

We want to know:

  • How you provide good quality advice and information to people to help them make decisions about their wellbeing, care and the services that support them?
  • How you have worked together with local organisations and partners to help people get the advice and information they need?
  • How the intelligence you collect through your advice and information service has informed your other work?
  • How you have made a difference for people looking for advice and information about health and social care services?

Helping more people to have their say

This award recognises Healthwatch who have spoken to a significant number of people about their experiences of health and care, or used creative ways to find out people's views.

What we want to know:

  • How and why you chose to take a creative approach to collecting people’s experiences and views of health and social care services?
  • How your approach helped to reach more people?
  • How you worked with other local organisations and partners in this new approach?
  • How his creative approach has changed the nature of the evidence you have gathered about people’s experiences of health and social care services?
  • How your work has made a difference to people’s experiences using local health and social care services?

Improving health and social care

This award recognises Healthwatch who have used people's views to make tangible improvements to local health and social care services. 

What we want to know:

  • Why did you decide that improvements were required in the design or quality of local health and social care services.
  • What work did you do to help improve a health and social care services for people? How did you work with other organisations and partners?
  • How you used your evidence to influence local partners to make improvements to local health and social care services?
  • How your work has made a difference to people’s experiences using local health and social care services?

Outstanding individuals who've made a difference

This award recognises a volunteer or individual who has worked passionately to improve health and social care services for their community.

What we want to know:

  • Who are your nominating?
  • Why did this volunteer, local person or group decide that an issue needed to be addressed?
  • How did they work to resolve the issues?
  • How have they helped make a difference to local people’s experiences of using health and social care?

Healthwatch Network Awards FAQs

What is the deadline for submissions? 

30 June 2019

How many categories can I enter?

You can enter your Healthwatch for up to two different award categories. You can not enter the same category twice.

How do I enter the awards?

Upload your annual report using our online form. You need to tell us which case studies you are submitting for an award and which category you want to be considered for.

How will my application be judged?

Everything included in your case study will be used to judge your application. This includes any links to online information like reports, briefings and videos. 

When will the awards take place?

The awards ceremony will take place 1 October 2019 and will be held at the Healthwatch 2019 conference in Birmingham.

When will the awards be announced?

The shortlist will be announced before the awards ceremony. The finalists will be announced on 1 October 2019.

Upload your annual report and enter the Healthwatch Network Awards

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