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Rewarding best practice in primary care

Nursing in Practice magazine is delighted to announce the “Nursing in Practice Awards 2008”, designed to recognise excellence and innovation in the primary care setting.

At Nursing in Practice we appreciate that there is a lot of innovative work being carried out in the primary and community care setting, work that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. With this in mind we decided to launch the Nursing in Practice Awards.
Applications are invited from individual nurses or teams of primary healthcare professionals who have undertaken recent projects to improve the quality of care for groups of patients in the following clinical areas: 

  • Cardiac care
  • Childhood immunisation
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health, including dual diagnosis
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory care
  • Sexual health
  • Travel health

There will also be an award for “Team of the Year”, which will go to a team working in a primary care or community setting that has created the most innovative approach to healthcare delivery.
Each award will be judged by a panel of experts in the associated field, and we are very pleased that some the UK's top healthcare specialists and organisations are supporting the project, such as Chief Nursing Officer Christine Beasley, RCN Primary Care Adviser Lynn Young and Mary MacKinnon, Diabetes Education Consultant at Warwick Diabetes Care.
Clinical projects will be evaluated on a number of key criteria, including the impact on the patient, the sustainability of the changes observed and the project's ability to be replicated across other practices.
As well as the opportunity of having the projects reviewed by leaders in primary healthcare, the winner of each award will receive £500. The top three projects will be presented with a certificate of achievement at our awards ceremony at the Nursing in Practice Event at the NEC, Birmingham, on 19 November 2008.
Top nominees will also be given the opportunity to showcase their work in Nursing in Practice magazine and on, and the winner will be invited to talk about their work at a Nursing in Practice Event of their choice in 2009.
“The RCN is very happy to support this opportunity to celebrate wonderful nursing practice,” said the RCN's Lynn Young. “Awards have an important part to play in the world of health as they publicly reward nurses who through pure commitment, tenacity and talent achieve wonderful health benefits for patients. Awards also motivate other nurses to transform their own practice, thus spreading health improvement to a greater number of patients.”
“This is a great opportunity for nurses working in primary and community care to showcase some of the excellent work that they are involved in,” commented Nursing in Practice Editor-in-Chief Elaine Linnane. “ We are inviting all primary and community care nurses and teams to submit examples of their work that demonstrate innovation and excellence in the various award categories, and we are really looking forward to hearing about the various projects going on out there.”

The closing date for receipt of all nominations is 23 May 2008. For more information, including full details of our judges and comprehensive notes on how to enter, go to