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North West Adult Learners' Week awards 2016

Health Education England is proud to lead the North West Adult Learners' Week awards in 2016.

Monday 10 June to Sunday 19 June 2016

This week is all about celebrating and recognising the achievements of people and organisations who find the time and energy to learn something new each year and whose stories provide the inspiration to encourage others to give learning a go.

This week long celebration of local award and recognition ceremonies culminates in a regional ceremony on 16 June in Manchester. 

Please take a look at the information on this web page and the related documents which are included below.  

We also have a new document for the 'Singing in the City' event which will be held on 10 July 2016 at The Great Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester - 12-4.30 p.m.  Entry details are attached below and on our events page of this website.

We have also uploaded below our E-learning information - English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) - Learning to grow 2016, if you would like to take a look.

We now have a list of winners, runners up and highly commended - well done to all.  Please take a look at the information below and also on our website.  You can also take a look at the photographs from the evening.


The North West Adult Learners' Week Awards in Health and Care is a cross-sector award programme led by Health Education England (HEE), in partnership with North West Employers and Voluntary Sector North West. This year the awards partnership is proud to announce two new award sponsors, the Innovation Agency and the Greater Manchester Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Networks.

The Innovation Agency is keen to identify regional innovators and innovations through their Innovation Champion award and the SCNs are championing Valuing Patient Carer and Public Engagement which will also seek to identify people and projects which are raising the profile of engagement. Judges are keen to see evidence of engagement and innovation activity in any award category.

Read all about it: http://www.innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk/

You can also read all about it: Celebrating public, patient, carer engagement and raising the profile of your work in promoting the people's voice.

Nominations are open until 12 noon on Monday 18 April 2016. You can find award descriptions and nomination forms in the related documents section at the bottom of this page, as well as in the links below.

We would like to hear about people with a learning story to tell in the North West. This can include:

  • inspiring individuals where learning has been transformational for them as individuals but also where there has been a positive impact on the services that they deliver or interface with and who will champion our vision by supporting and promoting learning in their organisation and across the health and care sector
  • any kind of learning, formal or informal , which could be vocational or not but it has to have made a difference to people’s lives
  • individuals who may have overcome personal or social barriers in order to take up learning for the first time or in order to return to learning after a career break; and who have a story to tell through the learning journey they have made; the decisions they have taken and corners they have turned; or because of the people who have helped them on their way
  • individuals who have improved their self-confidence and work and career prospects through learning and who are making a difference to other people’s lives-this may include patient and service user experiences as well as those of other staff and colleagues or volunteers
  • individuals who have demonstrated tremendous personal commitment by giving up time freely to volunteer in health or care settings; who have made things happen, who have grown through their experience and who have added untold value to those around them.

We would like to hear about projects with learning at their heart in the North West. This can include projects designed:

  • to explore the real problems and challenges that the sector faces
  • to help transform the people with which they engage and the services that they support through the learning opportunities that they create
  • to demonstrate a commitment to do things differently and better
  • to innovate, to problem solve and to develop know how
  • to support the development of a shared culture and learning to support better collaboration and new partnerships.

We are particularly interested to hear about project activity which is promoting cross sector working and collaboration, which embraces wellbeing and wellness agendas, highlights prevention and ‘more than medicine’ agendas, that values mental health equally with physical health; which may be contributing to workforce transformation and return to practice agendas, to veterans transition and widening participation agendas, or increasing patient, carer and public engagement and above all else that supports the provision of seamless and quality care. We want to highlight activity that contributes to regional health and care priorities and share this best practice.

Who can nominate?

Individual nominations

  • Any individual who is over 16 years on 11 January 2016 and who is currently working or volunteering in a health or care setting in any role or work context in the North West
  • Any individual who is working or volunteering in a health or care setting who may or may not be a current learner, but who has been a student or self-directed learner at some point in the last twelve months i.e. since 11 January 2015 in the North West.

Project nominations

  • Any projects which have been running for a minimum of 3 months on 11 January 2016 or which may have completed within the last twelve months, since 11 January 2015 in the North West. 
  • Any projects which may be large or small scale (for either project award category) but they must involve more than four people and be based in the North West.

Awards categories

More information on the award categories can be found in the award guidance. Click on the following links to download a nomination form for each award category.

Individual award categories

Learning Together project award categories

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