Nominations open for BMJ Awards 2014

NOMINATIONS have opened for the 2014 BMJ Awards which will honour doctors making a difference in the UK.

MDDUS is proud to be headline sponsor of the awards which are now in their sixth year.

For 2014 new categories have been added, there is an enhanced judging process and a strong focus on UK medical talent. Doctor-led teams in the UK can enter 13 categories, with cancer care, diabetes, gastroenterology and primary care among the specialties recognised.

A new patient safety team award has been added to acknowledge Don Berwick’s recent review of the NHS. Other popular awards remain such as research paper of the year and the surgical award in honour of British doctor Karen Woo who was killed while providing healthcare in Afghanistan.

The lifetime achievement award will also honour a doctor who has made an outstanding contribution to improving health or healthcare in the UK.

Among those honoured over the years include prominent medics such as Richard Peto and Bernard Lown as well as those working to improve their communities, such as Jon Cardy or West Suffolk Hospital emergency department.

Almost 300 entries were received last year which was eventually whittled down to a shortlist of candidates who went through to a final round of judging by an expert panel. This year, for the first time, shortlisted entries will go through peer review, a move designed to make the awards the most rigorous and a true reflection of clinical talent in the UK.

A specially convened senior judging panel will be the final arbiters of who wins a coveted trophy. Also new for 2014 is the inclusion of interviews with finalists in the judging process.

To enter, visit thebmjawards.bmj.com. Entries close on Friday, January 24 2014.

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