Judging Day

The BMJ Awards – Wednesday 22 April 2020

The 2020 BMJ Awards Judging Day, Awards Conference Programme and Awards Ceremony

At BMJ, we are keen that the Awards are both an event to celebrate the exceptional work taking place by teams across the UK, and also an opportunity to provide exposure and access to experts for inspirational projects to grow and develop. This year’s conference programme will be a chance to share successes and challenges with your peers as you explore ways in which you can scale and spread your project, led by our expert facilitators. It will also be a chance to hear from past winners and shortlisted teams on how they took their work to the next level and created real and lasting change for patients and their communities.


Find out more about this year’s judging day and event programme below:

08:15 – 09:00 Registration – BMA House, London

Registration desk will be open all day.

09:00 – 12:00 Judging Sessions

Each shortlisted team will receive a 25 minute slot (10 minutes to present & 15 minutes for Q&A).

All judging sessions are open for you to attend as an observer.

12:00 – 13:30 Networking Lunch and Poster Board Walkaround
13:30 – 13:35 Welcome and introductions

Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor, The BMJ

Kamran Abbasi is a doctor, journalist, editor and broadcaster. Following five years in hospital medicine, in various medical specialties such as psychiatry and cardiology, he worked at The BMJ from 1997-2005. He is now back at The BMJ in a new role as Executive Editor for content. In his career as a medical editor, Kamran is a former acting editor and deputy editor of The BMJ, editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open. He created three major e-learning resources for professional development of doctors, including BMJ Learning and The Royal Society of Medicine’s video lecture service. 

Sophie Cook, Head of Scholarly Content, The BMJ

Sophie is a general practitioner who joined The BMJ in 2009 as Editorial Registrar. In January 2017 she became the UK Research Editor, working with the international research team to handle the 4000 research submissions received annually and undertaking outreach visits in the UK. She is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and holds a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

13:35 – 13:45 Previous winners showcase

In this session we’ll hear from previous winners and shortlisted teams on how they further developed their projects, the successes and challenges they have faced along the way and what they plan to do next.

13:45 – 14:45 Workshop: How to lead improvement in your organisation

In this workshop our expert facilitators will give you the opportunity to share the journey of your project so far, and offer you practical advice and solutions for leading improvement across your organisation.

Amar Shah, Chief Quality Officer, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)

Dr Amah Shah is Chief Quality Officer at East London NHS Foundation Trust. He leads at Executive and Board Level on quality, strategy, planning and performance at ELFT. He is the national improvement lead for the mental health safety improvement programme, commissioned by NHS Improvement, and the QI lead for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is an improvement advisor and a faculty member for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, teaching and guiding improvers and healthcare systems across the world.

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome drinks

Come together at the Park Plaza Westminster as we prepare to recognise the best of UK healthcare.

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

Relax and enjoy a 3 Course Meal with your colleagues as we wait for the ceremony to begin.

Park Plaza Westminster

21:00 – 22:30 The BMJ Awards Ceremony 2020

Celebrate your team’s achievements as we announce the winners of this year’s BMJ Awards.

Park Plaza Westminster


Programme subject to change.

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