It's time to apply for a Healthwatch award

Has your work helped to improve local care? Then it's time to apply for a Healthwatch Impact Award to celebrate your achievements. Find out how you can apply and download the criteria for 2022.
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It's time to celebrate your extraordinary work and the difference you make. Whether big or small, if you're proud of your achievements, apply for the Healthwatch Impact Awards 2022.

The award for: The impact we've made

We've heard you loud and clear that your time is limited. That's why the entry process is more straightforward this year, and we've focused on one important award category - your impact and how you're making a difference for local communities.

Every day, our network works hard to make people's lives better. So, whether you've made healthcare information easier for the public to understand, improved a local service, or worked with disadvantaged groups to make their voices heard - we want to hear about it.

How to apply

Apply for an award using our online form. We're really interested to hear about a piece of work that has made a real difference for people in your community. Please make sure that you address each of the criteria points below, and stick to the word count for each section.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 12 September.


What criteria do you need to address?

Before you fill out the online form, you should consider the following points:

1. Summarise the main aims and outcomes of your piece of work.

 You should introduce your application with a summary of what the work was about and what you achieved.

Maximum word count: 30. This is section is not scored.

2. Which service/s did your work relate to?

Give basic information about the area of work. 

Maximum word count: 20. This is section is not scored.

3. What change was needed and how did you identify this? 

We will score entries on: 

  • A clear identification from your research/engagement work of what problem(s) existed. 
  • How your wider understanding of services, and/or your connections helped you recognise the issue. 

Maximum word count: 100. This is section is worth up to 10 points.

4. What did you do to achieve change? 

We will score entries on: 

  • How your research/engagement activity considered people with different profiles who might have different experiences. 

  • Steps you took to understand the experience of seldom heard groups. 

  • How you involved people with real life experience. 

  • What conclusions you reached. 

  • A succinct account of what you did to share and report your insight. 

  • A considered and effective approach to influencing decision makers. 

Maximum word count: 150. This is section is worth up to 20 points.

5. How will people’s experiences of the service/s now be better, and why is that important? 

We will score entries on a clear and compelling description of: 

  • The outcomes your Healthwatch has achieved for people’s direct experience of services; and 
  • Awareness of reasonably anticipated wider impact on their lives. 

Maximum word count: 150. This is section is worth up to 30 points.

6. Supporting evidence

Please share up to three pieces of evidence which we will take into account when scoring your application. You can include details of indicators, or testimonials that you have that help confirm the improvements that you achieved - written up on maximum of 500 words, or via attachments.

We will particularly look at how the information provided gives confidence that people will be experiencing the changes that you have described. (Please provide this evidence in a Zip file. Please note videos cannot be uploaded unless as a link listed on a Word document or to a YouTube page.)

Maximum overall score

A total of 60 points are available for an entry. The maximum word count is 450.

Other important information

What time period should your work cover?

Your submission should only include work carried out between 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 to be considered. Additionally, any work which you have started, but not yet completed, with positive outcomes, will be accepted.

How many applications can you submit?

You should submit one entry per Healthwatch. However, you can also submit a joint entry for a piece of work done in collaboration with other Healthwatch. The same piece of work cannot be submitted twice as a joint entry and an individual entry. 

Can you include extra supporting evidence?

No, you can only include three pieces of supporting evidence. The panel will only consider the first three.

What is the closing date?

The closing date for all applications is 9am on Monday 12 September.

When will the award be presented?

The awards will be presented as part of Healthwatch Week: 15-17 Nov 2022.

What happens next?

Your entry will be scored along with all the other award applications by our internal shortlisting panel. We will be in touch with you in October to let you know if your entry has been shortlisted. The shortlist will then be submitted to our external judging panel. The winner and highly commended entries will be announced during Healthwatch Week.

What if you have a question about the awards?

For any queries on the awards, please email the team on:

More information about Healthwatch Week

Keep an eye out for more information about Healthwatch Week, which will be shared soon!