About NHS Champions

What makes an NHS Champion?

An NHS Champion is someone who has gone the extra mile to provide exceptional care to an individual, their partner, family or friends within the last two years, since September 2006. They are often the unsung heroes of the NHS. The judges will look at

  • the impact the nominee has had on patients, relatives and carers
  • the quality of care they gave
  • the dedication they showed
  • how they went above and beyond what was required of them in their job.

Who is eligible to be nominated as an NHS Champion?

The person you nominate must be an employee of the NHS in London, which means they have a contract of employment to provide services to the NHS. This includes agency staff.

The care they have provided must have been given in the last two years.

Who can nominate an NHS Champion?

All members of the public and all NHS staff can nominate an NHS Champion. You cannot nominate yourself, even if you are an NHS employee.

How do I nominate?

You can nominate online by filling in the nomination form:
Freepost 23 KE3007
11–13 Cavendish Square

When do nominations close?

The last day for online nominations is Thursday 16 October. Postal nominations via Freepost need to reach us by that day too. Late nominations will not be accepted.

How will nominations be judged?

All nominations will be reviewed to check that all the information needed has been provided and that the person being nominated as an NHS Champion is eligible. Certificates will be sent to all eligible nominated NHS Champions.

In each of the six categories nominees will be shortlisted and there will be one winner in each category. Judging will take place in November 2008. The names of the winners will be announced in December 2008 at an awards ceremony in London.

The judging panel includes:

  • George Alagiah OBE, BBC presenter
  • Martha Lane Fox, e-business woman and founder of Antigone
  • Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • Veronica Wadley, Editor, Evening Standard
  • Ruth Carnall CBE, Chief Executive, NHS London
  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director
  • Jacqueline Docherty DBE, Director of Nursing and Operations, King’s College
  • Hospital

Why do you need contact details for me and the person I am nominating?

We need your telephone number in case we need to contact you, for example if there is any information missing from your nomination form. We would also like to feature the stories of NHS staff who have been nominated as NHS Champions in London media. If you give us permission to use your story, we will need to contact your nominee to check that they are also happy for the story to appear in the media.

We will not pass on your contact details, or those of your NHS Champion, to anyone else. Where you indicate that you do not want your story to be featured in the media, we will respect patient confidentiality.

Nominations deadline: Thursday 16 October

Winners will be announced at the NHS Champions awards ceremony which will take place in London in December.