Claire Rayner Patient's Choice Award

Named after the late Claire Rayner, the well known nurse, agony aunt, writer, broadcaster and patients' champion, this special award provides the public with an amazing opportunity to thank a nurse who has made a real difference to their or a loved one's healthcare. 

The Award forms part of the Nursing Standard’s prestigious Nurse Awards. It is sponsored by the Patients Association and gives you the chance to nominate any nurse which you feel has made a difference to your care to that of a loved one. It is a great opportunity to recognise some of the excellent work that nurses do and so we are asking you to take the time and nominate someone who has made a difference to you.


How to nominate a nurse


To nominate, simply tell us how the nurse went above and beyond the call of duty and why you feel they deserve this award. 


You can nominate online at or can request an entry form by calling 020 8423 1066


The closing date for nominations is 31st October 2012


Judging Process

Once the nomination process has closed, an expert panel of judges will review the nominations and will select four nurses as finalists.  Members of the public will be invited to vote for the nurse who they believe most deserves to win this special award.  Voting will open on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 and close on Friday 1st March 2013.


The Awards Ceremony

The winner will be announced the prestigious Nurse Awards ceremony which will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Tuesday 12th March 2013.  The finalists and their nominators will be invited to the awards ceremony.

Advancing Healthcare Awards 2013:  Your opportunity to nominate an individual or team who have provided high quality care.

The Patients’ Association award for outstanding achievement by an allied health professional (AHP) or healthcare science support worker or technician, Sponsored by The Patients’ Association. This new award is open to support workers, assistant practitioners, technicians, apprentices or of a similar title working within an AHP or healthcare science team or environment. It aims to recognise and encourage their increasing contribution to improving patient outcomes by celebrating an individual or team that provide, or who are helping to provide, high quality, creative care which enhances the quality of life for the patient.


For the Individual or Team nomination:

1) Describe the innovative solution, or fresh approach or new way of working. This should have been initiated by a support worker or technician.

2) In what ways were patients involved? Include a testimonial from a patient if possible.

3) What were the leadership qualities needed and what was the contribution to the team?

4) How has the work been evaluated in terms of cost-effectiveness and or improvements to patient outcomes or quality of life?

5) What measures have been taken to ensure adaptability and sustainability?

6) Is this solution transferable to other services and departments?


For a Patient or Carer nomination

1) What did the technician or support worker do, that was so special for you?

2) How were your opinions, ideas and or suggestions received?

3) What has this intervention or solution meant for you in terms of your quality of life?

4) Why should he or she win this award?


Recognition of these achievements are important given the growing pressures on NHS service provision, and it is apparent that these roles are becoming increasingly crucial to sustaining efficient and effective services that maintain or improve the quality of patients’ lives. Nominations are welcomed from the individual, their team or by a patient, service user or carer.


The 2013 Advancing Healthcare Awards are exclusively for allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work with them in support roles. These UK Awards are now in their seventh year, and recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are unique in that they are UK-wide and cover all these professional and specialists groups whose achievements so often go unnoticed.


The Entry deadline is 5pm on Monday 11th February 2013, with the Judging taking place in March 2013 and then the Awards ceremony and celebration lunch on Friday 19th April 2013. The 2013 ceremony and celebration will take place in London on Friday 19 April 2013.


Entries must be submitted online via the website forms on the categories page on 


NOTE: To facilitate the maximum outreach for this award, entries can also be done in writing with by email to or by post to Alison Dunn, Joint Managing Director, Chamberlain Dunn, The Old Candlemakers, West Street, Lewes, BN7 2NZ.

Please clearly mark your correspondance with Advancing Healthcare Award Nomination answering the questions above as fully as possible. Surely something for everyone including patients who have the opportunity to nominate their support worker of the year, and so we wish you luck as you register your nomination on (this is deliberately not a hyperlink) , and we look also forward to hearing how you get on.

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