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Patient information awards categories

See all the special categories that are considered in the patient information awards. Note that all entries are considered for the overall BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year Award.

  • Special award - children

    This award is for resources which are aimed at children or adolescents or their carers, or it could be a training resource for professionals who work in this area. We wish to recognise originality in subject matter of design.

  • Special award - decision making

    This award is for resources which facilitate the patient decision making process. This should be the main intention of the resource and the resource should show clearly how this is to be achieved. We have made this special award in order to recognise the importance of improving patients' ability to take responsibility for their health.

  • Special award - easy read

    This award is for resources which offer accessible information for groups with learning disabilities . We have made this special award in order to recognise the importance of improving access to health by marginalised groups. The award might be for either good practice in meeting an established need or for an innovative resource which meets the needs of an under-represented group.

  • Special award - equality, diversity and inclusion

    This award is for resources which support the BMA's diversity monitoring and delivery of programmes aiming to improve under-representation of defined groups.

  • Special award - ethics

    This award is for resources which deal with ethical aspects of patient care such as issues surrounding mental capacity, genetic screening, confidentiality, etc. It can be aimed either at the individuals themselves or their carers, or could be a training resource for professionals who work in this area.

  • Special award - innovation

    This new award is for a resource which presents or disseminates information in a new or original way which increases its impact. The winner of this award will score highly in terms of its content but will also demonstrate an innovative approach to its production or dissemination.

    This might include innovative use of technology (such as web animation or interactive web devices) to maximise engagement with the intended user or innovative use of technology (such as PDFs, intranets or podcasts) to maximise the dissemination of the resource. It could also be a conventional printed resource.

    We have made this special award in order to recognise the importance of the measurement of impact. You will need to demonstrate clearly what you consider to be innovative about your resource and show how you have evaluated its impact.

  • Special award - long-term conditions

    This award is for resources which meet the information needs of patients with long term conditions (chronic conditions). A long term condition is one that cannot be cured but can be managed through medication and/or therapy: e.g. asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, some mental health conditions or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (amongst others).

    We have made this a special award because of the high incidence of chronic conditions and in order to recognise the importance of patient information in its effective management.

  • Special award - screening

    This award is for resources which demonstrate good practice in screening or preventive strategies. This award will be made to resources which cover both screening and testing guidance or which cover the broader area of health prevention.

  • Special award - self-care

    This award is for resources which promote healthy living or looking after yourself in a healthy way (e.g. brushing your teeth or self treating minor ailments). We have made this a special award in order to recognise the importance of the patients' role in managing their health.

  • Special award - trusts

    This award is for resources which are produced by NHS Trusts. We wish to acknowledge the important work which is done by Trusts in meeting the local information needs of patients.

  • Special award - user engagement

    This award is for resources in which users played an integral role in the creation of the resource. It considers factors such as the input of users in areas such as scope, design and content, or in guiding the resource's continuing development and engagement with its users.

    It examines the established channels through which user input is solicited/encouraged, appraised and integrated into the resource and the steps taken to ensure that users of different ages, backgrounds and perspectives provide input.

  • Special award - well-being

    This award is presented in consultation with the BMA's well-being support services unit which oversees nationwide support services for doctors and medical students. The BMA have a range of services which offer advice at difficult or stressful times and this award seeks to encourage resources in this area.

  • Special award - young adults

    This award is for resources which are aimed at young adults, or it could be a training resource for professionals who work in this area. We wish to recognise originality in subject.