HOW TO NOMINATE

What are the National BAME Health & Care Awards?

Why Nominate?

The National BAME Health & Care Awards was started to recognise, celebrate, and reward the achievements of BAME health and social care professionals and commend improved services for BAME communities.

The Awards are proud to promote BAME excellence in healthcare practice and we will continue to passionately champion health equality for all.

We want The National BAME Health & Care Awards to become the main authority that acknowledges the contributions of BAME staff and the promotion of good healthcare, including those that are improving the quality of services to a diverse population

The National BAME Health & Care Awards wants to support the emergence of the BAME healthcare leaders of today – and tomorrow. We seek to improve career progression for nominees by offering a structured mentoring and networking programme for winners and aim to inspire other BAME talent to consider a career in healthcare.

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 the 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.

Who can be nominated?

Anyone

Who can nominate?

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.

Categories

The 16 National BAME Health and Care Award Categories and Nomination Criteria for 2022

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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
Outstanding Contribution to Social Care

This special award will be presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made a long-term outstanding contribution to social care. Nominations are welcomed from across the care sector. Nominations are welcomed from across the care sector.

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.)
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.)
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.)
BAME Nurse of the Year

The person is considered a role model in their team or organisation in ensuring high quality and compassionate nursing practice and ensuring a proactive approach to reducing inequities in service provision for BAME patients or BAME staff development.

Criteria:

  • The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has introduced a practice change that is now part of the normal routine of the organisation. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has produced significant improvements in BAME staff development or BAME patient clinical outcomes. (250 words max.)
BAME Midwife of the Year

The person is considered a role model by their team or organisation in ensuring high quality and compassionate midwifery practice and ensuring a proactive approach to reducing inequities in service provision for BAME patients or BAME staff development. 

Criteria:

  • The nominee is a role model and inspirational leader. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has introduced a practice change that is now part of the normal routine of the organisation. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has produced significant improvements in BAME staff development or BAME patient clinical outcomes. (250 words max.)
Emergency and Critical Care Healthcare Professional

This person has introduced a significant change to practice that improves access for patients or carers from BAME communities or improves clinical outcomes for BAME patients. 

Criteria:

  • The nominee has successfully challenged an existing practice that prevented access or was not clinically beneficial. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee is a role model for constructively challenging inequities in practice. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has successfully improved development opportunities for BAME staff. (250 words max.)
Outstanding Achievement of the Year

The person has produced a practice for BAME patients or carers or a development initiative for BAME staff that has gained national recognition as an example of good practice.

Criteria:

  • The nominee successfully created and mainstreamed a new practice in their organisation that improved clinical outcome or improved development opportunities. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee is a role model for constructively challenging inequities in practice. (250 words max.)
  • The nominee has secured financial investment in the service to support their new practice. (250 words max.)
Outstanding Corporate Achievement of the Year

The organisation has launched an initiative that improves clinical outcomes for BAME patients or shows evidence of successfully supporting the career development of BAME staff.

Criteria:

  • The initiative has received national level recognition. (250 words max.)
  • The initiative has been included in the organisation’s strategic objectives. (250 words max.)
  • The organisation has identified a significant budget to support the initiative. (250 words max.)
  • The organisation requires partner agencies to comply with the initiative. (250 words max.)
Mental Health Initiative

A service intuitive that has significantly improved access by members of the BAME community with mental health issues or clinical outcomes for BAME patients currently using the service.

Criteria:

  • The nominee has successfully challenged an existing practice that prevented access or was not clinically beneficial. (250 words max.)
  • The initiative has been commended by a local BAME community group or representative body. (250 words max.)
  • The lead for the initiative is a role model for constructively challenging inequities in practice. (250 words max.)
Outstanding Technology Contribution

Technological innovation either by creation of new apparatus, digital device or software development or the innovative application of existing technology that improves access to services or clinical outcomes for BAME patients.  

Criteria:

  • The initiative has been commended by a local BAME community group or representative body. (250 words max.)
  • The lead for the initiative is a role model for constructively challenging inequities in practice. (250 words max.)
  • The initiative is sustainable and underpinned by financial investment by the organisation. (250 words max.)
Community Initiative of the Year

The service or organisation has been a key player in securing a community development beneficial to local BAME population through working directly with other agencies. 

Criteria:

  • The service or organisation has developed new constructive working relationships with community partners. (250 words max.)
  • The initiative has been commended by a local BAME community group or representative body. (250 words max.)
  • The initiative has overcome an historic obstacle to integrated working. (250 words max.)

Timeline

The 2022 nominations commence:  September, 2021

Closing date for nominations: 28 February, 2022

Awards Ceremony takes place in London, 19 May 2022