About the Awards

What are the National BAME Health & Care Awards?

The Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and allies from across the health and care fields in making significant improvements in career development support for BAME staff. This includes exceptional initiatives and leadership, and the improvement of services, or access to services for people from BAME communities.

The BAME HCAs also aims to:

  • set a national framework for evaluating and recognising excellence amongst BAME staff, and those championing equity in health and care and improving the quality of services to a diverse population.
  • improve career progression for nominees through spurring motivation and offering a structured mentoring and networking programme for award winners.
  • promote acknowledgement of the contribution of BAME staff and the promotion of good practice in improving services to BAME patients and communities.
  • identify and celebrate current and future leaders in health and care who are passionate about health equity and improving outcomes.

Award winners will have access to on-going peer support and professional development programme to encourage their further development towards significant leadership roles in health and care in their future career.

The inaugural National BAME Health & Care Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 17th October 2019 in London.

2020 Awards Venue and Details

Date: Q1 2021 (provisional)
Time: 5pm
Dress code: Lounge suit/traditional attire
Venue: UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AY


130 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AY


Why are the National BAME Health & Care Awards important?

Currently, 10.6% of children and family social workers, one in five nurses, more than one in three doctors, and one in six of all NHS staff are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Yet many studies have shown BAME staff are under-represented in senior roles and experience discrimination in their career in health care services. These awards create a significant opportunity for ensuring recognition of staff who show ambition and vision in securing access and service improvements for BAME communities

Who organises the National BAME Health & Care Awards?

A group of passionate volunteers from the health and care sector,  in collaboration with Colourful Healthcare CIC, launched the awards in 2019 to champion the importance of recognising BAME talent and innovation in the sector.

How do I enter?

Nominations open July 2020 and will close in 28th October 2020. You can enter yourself, suggest a colleague or be nominated. Go to the nominations page and enter digitally (online) or you can download the Word version of the nomination form.

Who can enter the BAME Health & Care Awards?

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

How are the awards funded?

Table sales and sponsorship –  contact us about our sponsorship packages.

What happens with my nomination?

Our panel of expert judges will review the applications, draw up a shortlist and select the winner in each of the award categories. See the panel of judges page.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the first-quarter (Q1) of 2021 to celebrate their achievements, share best practice, and to champion BAME inclusion throughout the health and care sector.

Do I have to tell the person I am nominating them?

We advise that you inform anyone you are nominating that you have done so (and tell them the ceremony date), although this is at your discretion.

How many categories are there?

There are 16 awards categories. For full details, please visit the nominations process page.

Who can attend the awards ceremony?

Anyone can attend. For ticket information, please contact us.  Look out for our notifications about ticket release on social media.

When is the awards ceremony?

The Awards ceremony will take place in central London Q1 2021. More details will be released as we monitor the current COVID-19 situation, so follow us on social media (@BAME_HCA ) to keep up to date with the latest news!

Who should I contact if I have any questions about the Awards process?

Should you need further information please contact the team at info@bamehscawards.org