Nominations open for eighth annual BMJ Awards

NOMINATIONS are now invited for The BMJ Awards 2016 – once again with headline sponsorship from MDDUS.

Now in their eighth year, the awards are firmly established in the annual medical calendar. Entrants can fill in a nomination on the awards website, with judging taking place in advance of a gala ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel on Westminster Bridge Road, London, on 5 May to announce the winners.

This year will see the introduction of expert patients in the judging process – with each panel including at least one patient, in keeping with The BMJ’s Patient Partnership initiative, launched last year.

New categories this year include Cancer Care Team of the year (sponsored by Macmillan) and Prevention Team of the year (sponsored by Public Health England).

The BMJ’s editor in chief, Fiona Godlee, said, "Every year we are amazed at the quality and breadth of the entries we receive. They reflect the professionalism, commitment, creativity, and hard work that characterise so much of the day to day provision of healthcare in the UK.

"In these tough and turbulent times for the NHS it has never been more important to showcase the best of British medicine. The BMJ is proud to do this. We hope the BMJ Awards will reward excellence, encourage learning, and inspire innovation at all levels in the health service."