How am I judged?
All entries will be judged on the criteria outlined on the entry forms. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and UK Research Paper awards, all entries are judged on the following criteria: size of benefit (most important); originality; potential for wider application; and cost effectiveness.
Shortlisted candidates may be asked for supporting documentation and a reference from a senior member of staff at their institution, after their presentation at BMA House. This will be requested by the awards team.
A shortlist of up to six teams will be selected from each category, apart from the Lifetime Achievement award, and announced in mid February 2017.
The winner will be selected by a panel of 3 judges and a patient representative following presentations from shortlisted teams which take place on either 7th, 8th or 15th March 2017.
Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Thursday 4th May 2017 at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London.

What are the rules?
Nominations must be for projects or initiatives from medically-led teams based in the UK and must have been active in 2016.
Teams may enter as many categories as they wish with different projects, but each project must only be entered once.
If you are nominating a third party you must have informed the nominee of their entry and obtained permission for the The BMJ and its contractors to use the information provided in consideration of the Awards

What is the closing date for Awards entries?
Friday 27th January 2017.

How much does it cost to enter?
Entries are free of charge. An optional Benchmark Report is available for £30 + VAT for all categories except Lifetime Achievement and Research Paper.

What are the benefits of entering?
Teams tell us that they find the process of entering The BMJ Awards extremely valuable in itself. It's an opportunity to review key areas of success and what contributed to them. By submitting to the judging process, teams can benchmark themselves against peers and competitors outside their organisation. Teams that are shortlisted will have their profile raised at a national level. Every entrant can choose to purchase a Benchmark Report, which indicates areas of strength and weakness to support continued improvement and success.

How do I make the most of my entry?
Clear, well-written entries which support claims with objective evidence stand out the most. If you provide supporting documentation this can help the judges to form a well rounded view of the team, but only if it is relevant. Remember that the judges are looking for originality, size of benefit, potential for wider application and will weigh these against costs. 

When will I know if I've been shortlisted?
All entrants will be contacted in mid February. Therefore please ensure that the contact details you give on your entry form are up to date and relevant for your entry.

If I am shortlisted what are the judging dates?
The 7th, 8th and 15th March 2017 (you will only need to attend the date on which your category is judged).

What do I do if I've made the shortlist?
You will be contacted by the Awards team who will ask you to provide some further information and photos of your team and you will be invited to your judging day. You will also be contacted by a journalist who will be writing a feature for The BMJ.

What is the final presentation and who is it to?
For the final judging you will be invited to attend a presentation opportunity in front of our panel of judges at BMA House, London. This will take the format of a 15 minute presentation given by you to the panel followed by a 15 minute question and answer session. Your presentation should relate directly to the category you are a finalist in.

What format can I make my presentation in?
We ask that each presentation is made in PowerPoint. Please ensure that you bring your presentation loaded onto a non-encrypted USB stick. We will provide a laptop.

When do I find out if I have won?
You find out at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 4 May 2017.

When and where is the Awards ceremony?
Thursday 4 May 2017, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London London SE1 7UT

How do I get to the Park Plaza Hotel?
The nearest mainline station is London Waterloo, which is a five minute walk. Westminster tube station is also close to the hotel and is accessible from the Jubilee Line.

Is there a cost to attend?
One member of each shortlisted teams is invited to attend for free but there is a charge for additional places. More information on this will be released nearer to the time of the awards.

What is the dress code?
Black tie.

Is there a special rate for hotels close to the venue?
Yes. We have rooms available at the Park Plaza Westminster & surrounding hotels for a discounted rate, please click here to make your booking. 

Do we receive anything for winning or being shortlisted?
The winning team in each category will receive a trophy presented on stage. All shortlisted teams will receive a finalists' certificate.

If you have any further queries we have not answered, please email Olivia Bulluss, Event Coordinator, at awards@bmj.com.