Why Enter

Why enter The BMJ Awards?

The BMJ Awards are an opportunity to gain recognition for the professionalism, commitment, creativity, and hard work of healthcare teams across the UK.

From national media attention, potential funding, speaking opportunities to permanent placements and peer recognition, the benefits for finalists and winners of The BMJ Awards are far reaching.

  • Showcase your team’s achievements in transforming care
  • Inspire others by sharing best practices and innovation
  • Review key areas contributing to the success of your project
  • Benchmark yourself against other teams/organisations
  • Receive credible recognition from your peers and respected healthcare leaders
  • Raise your profile at a national level – all winners are showcased in The BMJ, one of the oldest general medical journals in the world.

Read more about the impact of winning a BMJ Award from our previous champions…..

For one team they became part of a multi-centre research project ‘I certainly wouldn’t have been a part of it if it wasn’t for the awards. It’s all very exciting, and the BMJ Awards have really been a springboard for it’


‘For our work to become recognised boosts the morale of the entire department and encourages us to continue to deliver the highest standard of patient care. We’ve been on the BBC News and in the Times, but this award takes us to a new level because The BMJ is so widely read by clinicians all over the world’


‘We worked so hard for the last 3 or 4 years to pull this together and it’s just a recognition of everything we’ve done’

Nominate a colleague

Do you know of someone that is working on an innovative project that should enter The BMJ Awards 2021? Nominate a colleague by completing this form and a member of The BMJ Awards team will contact them with details on how to enter.


For many teams, winning one of The BMJ Awards is also a spur to further success with features published in The BMJ.

Entering the BMJ Awards is simple, free and quick. There is certain criteria that you must meet in order to enter any of our categories and a project can only be entered once.


Case studies?

Read some of the case studies from previous winners of BMJ Awards.

Promoting cornea donation

Corneal disease and injury are a major cause of blindness in the UK. Although transplants can restore vision, they are limited due to a cornea shortage. Sarah Mollart was highly commended at The BMJ Awards 2017 for realising that 40-60 corneas could be made available for transplant and sought to rectify the dearth of cornea donations.

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Removing the fear of lung biopsies

Dr Sam Hare is a leading consultant chest radiologist within the UK, based at the Royal Free London NHS Trust. He has introduced an innovative lung biopsy technique leading to improved patient experience and earlier lung cancer diagnosis. This has made a 73% improvement in curative surgical resection rates over three years.

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