The Judging Process

Some of our 2017 Judges include:

Judith Dinsmore
Consultant Neuroanaesthetist
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David J Dodwell
Institute of Oncology
St James Hospital

Dr Kiran Patel
Medical Director
NHS England (West Midlands)

Professor Andrew Y Finlay CBE FRCP
Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing
Cardiff University School of Medicine

Professor Ian Curran
Queen Mary University of London

Erika Denton
Associate Medical Director, Honorary Professor of Radiology
folk & Norwich University Hospital

Liz Mear
Chief Executive
 Innovation Agency

Dr Muj Husain
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

Professor Dame Sue Bailey

Dr Katherine Sleeman
NIHR Clinician Scientist and honorary consultant in palliative medicine

Tammy Boyce
Consultant Researcher
Imperial College College London

John Ashton
Faculty of Public Health

Graham Easton
Programme Director
Department of Public Health & Primary Care

Professor Valerie Lund
University College Hospital; Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

The judging process
The BMJ Awards is extremely proud of its high standards, which it maintains through a robust judging process. Our internal champions (mostly doctors and senior editors within BMJ) and an expert judge shortlist all submitted entries. A panel comprising the internal champion and three expert judges, one of whom is a patient representative, then makes its final decision based on a combination of the information provided on the entry form, the live presentation by the team, and the answers to the panel's questions. Finalists armay be asked to provide a reference from a senior member of their organisation (eg medical director, CCG board member, chief executive, etc) endorsing their entry, if needed.

The judging venue
Shortlisted teams are invited to attend a live judging session at BMA House, which take place over 3 days in March 2017.

Why present to a panel?
While the entry forms are designed for each team to provide all of the relevant information, the live presentation allows judges to ask additional questions and get to the heart of your team's achievements and approach.

Your presentation
Your presentation is your opportunity to tell the story of your success in person and engage the judges face-to-face. Each presentation session lasts 30 minutes, and candidates must arrive 15 minutes before the start of their session.

The presentation process
3 minutes: Set-up and introductions

15 minutes (strict time limit): Presentation to the panel
15 minutes (strict time limit): Questions and answers from the panel
2 minutes: Retrieve USB / Laptop

Your 15-minute presentation should complement your entry adding further detail where relevant. You can talk about what sets your team apart; key challenges and opportunities; milestones, achievements and results; and the activities or initiatives undertaken to achieve them. The question and answer session will be based on your entry form and your presentation. Please note: To ensure that we can comfortably accommodate everyone on the day, we ask that no more than three people attend the presentation. We recommend that the team leader is one of those present.

Equipment available
• There will be a laptop, projector and screen available for your use. This laptop will be loaded with Microsoft Office 2007 and Adobe Acrobat 7.

• There will be basic loud speaker facilities (though you may wish to bring your own).
• Please bring your presentation along on a USB memory stick. You may use your own laptop through our projector if you wish but we would not recommend this.
• If you bring a MacBook, please bring the connector for a VGA cable. We cannot provide one of these ourselves.
• You may provide simple handouts, but we suggest that they are only offered if they have specific relevance to your presentation.
• Please note that presentations cannot be emailed in advance or set up on the laptop on your behalf.
• There is Wi-Fi in the presentation area so you can include internet links within your presentation should you wish to include a video (eg YouTube etc).

Conflicts of interest
Because judges are appointed before shortlists are known, from time to time a situation arises where a shortlisted team and judge are from the same organisation. When this or any other conflict of interest arises, the judge concerned is asked to recuse themselves from the presentation of that team and from any deliberations about it. However, the judge in question remains part of the panel for all the other shortlisted teams. If the final choice comes down to the conflicted team and one or more others, then the conflicted judge would again recuse themselves from the final decision.

When will you know if you have won?
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 4th May 2017.