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BMA poster competition 2018: Collaboration with patients

Please note that the poster competition has now closed

Message from Anthea Mowat chair of the representative body

"The NHS has seen enormous change over the course of its 70 years, not least in the relationship between doctors and patients.

In today’s NHS, and in health services across the world, doctors, patients and patient groups work as partners in the design of services and in research, innovation and improvement. The importance of this cannot be overstated.

Seeking out patients’ experiences (and those of their families and carers) and working with them to make improvements to the design and delivery of services is one of the most valuable ways of ensuring that those services truly deliver the best possible care for the people who need them.

The BMA wants to showcase examples of collaboration between doctors, patients and patient groups that have led to better care and improved patients’ experiences of using health services, both here in the UK and overseas. I am therefore delighted to announce the opening of the 2018 ARM poster competition on Collaboration with Patients.”


Entrants were invited to submit abstracts as follows:

  • Doctors may wish to submit abstracts highlighting a broad range of collaboration with patient groups. This could include clinical improvements, such as working in partnership to redesign services and/or treatment pathways, and non-clinical aspects of care – for example improving administrative procedures, facilities and the physical environment, and methods of communication.
  • Doctors may highlight examples of collaboration with patients from the UK or overseas.

Please note: The competition is not designed to showcase examples of doctors and individual patients working together to improve the care of that specific patient.

All accepted posters will be displayed at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM). The meeting will take place at the Brighton Centre, 24-28 June 2018.


Poster competition

A cash prize of £850 will be awarded to each of the two winning entries of the poster competition. The cash prize will be awarded to the patient group, or to a charity of the winner's choosing, not to the individual(s).

The prizes will be presented to the winning poster presenters at the BMA awards ceremony and installation of the president at 6pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

All shortlisted posters will be judged by a reviewing committee in early June 2018 and the overall two winners of the competition will be informed at this time.

It is not expected that poster presenters will attend the meeting, and in their absence their poster will be displayed on their behalf by BMA conferences.

All abstracts will be reviewed by a reviewing committee.

Authors will be notified in writing of the result of their submission by: Friday 4 May 2018

Please note the posters may be published on the BMA website and/or in the abstract supplement.

The ARM is the BMA’s main policy-making body with around 500 doctors – representing all parts of the profession and from across the UK – gathering to consider and debate key matters of interest to doctors and the medical profession.

For further information please contact BMA conferences on 0207 383 6137/6819 or email