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Star Awards FAQ

What are the Star Awards?

The Star Awards recognise excellence in the education and training of staff working in healthcare and public health to benefit NHS patients and service users across the south west, including South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Swindon Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. 


Awards will be made in the following categories:

  • Inspiring Educator
  • Outstanding Learner
  • Wonderful Workforce Solution
  • Education and Training Team of the Year
  • Hearing the Patient Voice
  • Education and Innovation Champion
  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year
  • Inspirational Apprentice Award
  • NHS Values Award (Awarded by the HESW Independent Chairman)

Who can I nominate?

You can nominate any individual or team providing care or services for NHS patients and service users in NHS trusts, general practice, local authority and independent settings across Health Education South West including those providing pharmacy, dental and optometry services.

You can only nominate individual people for the awards for “Inspiring Educator” and “Outstanding Learner”.

All other awards may be individuals or teams. Individuals may not nominate themselves, but teams may. Any projects or people can have already been nominated or shortlisted. However they may be exempt from a nomination if they have already won an award from a HESW administered scheme in this financial year. Please check with the awards team at star.awards@southwest.hee.nhs.uk if in doubt.

What are the criteria?

There are broad criteria described in each of the seven categories. However, judges will be seeking individuals or teams in all categories:

  • where workforce development or education and training have made a difference to the quality of services and patient and user care and experience
  • who uphold the values of the NHS Constitution; demonstrating care, compassion and respect
  • who have worked in partnership across teams, professions and organisations
  • which support the development of cultures of learning.

What should I put in the nomination?

  • What the project was about and why the initiative was needed
  • Whether this was entirely new or whether the initiative was adapted and adopted
  • What the outcome was and how was it measured – impact on services, savings in money, time
  • What the difference was for patients, users and staff.

For individuals:

  • What is the role of the person, is this a formal or informal position?
  • What makes them consistently stand out?
  • Are there any specific examples of excellence?

Who are the judges?

The judges for each category will consist of at least three people:

  • Health Education South West Governing Body member or partner
  • Health Education South West executive or senior staff member
  • Subject/interest expert working in the south west.

The exception is the NHS Values Award which is at the discretion of Jane Barrie OBE DL, Independent Chairman of Health Education South West.

How are the winners announced?

The deadline for nominations is Friday 11 December 2015. Finalists and commendations will be contacted by early February and invited to attend the Health Education South West Annual Conference and Star Awards Ceremony on 15 March 2016 where the awards will be presented in the evening.

What do the winners receive?

Winners will be highlighted as areas of excellent practice in education and training in the south west region and across Health Education England and will receive a £500 bursary to be used for their continuing professional development. Winning teams will be able to use the bursary to continue to improve services for patients in their area.

All finalists will receive a commendation from Health Education South West on the entry of any other local or national awards.

All nominations will receive a certificate of Congratulations.

How do I enter?

Complete the online nomination form and submit it by Friday 11 December 2015.

Any further questions, please contact Matt Friend/01454 252679.

Good luck!

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