Please refer to our frequently asked questions about the HSJ Awards below. If your query is not answered, then please CONTACT US.

Q: How much does it cost to enter the awards?

A: There is no charge for submitting your work into the HSJ Awards

Q: How long is the entry form?

A: There are 6 main questions each requiring a maximum of 200 words, plus some basic single line questions. Plus there is an upload opportunity to submit supporting evidence – entry forms for Mental Health Provider, Acute or Specialist Trust and Primary and Community Care Provider are longer for some questions.

Q: What is the eligibility period for an entry?

A: Project based entries are required to be currently active or if completed to have been completed within the past 18 months. People nominated for specific awards should either be in post or should have left their post no longer than 18 months prior. Equally evidence for any submitted entries should be current or relevant to the past 18 months. Entries previously submitted in the HSJ Awards should have a significant update, change of circumstance or result.

Q: Are private organisation eligible to enter?

A: All private organisations are welcome to submit entries. Most categories are designed to recognise work conducted within public sector organisations and therefore in most circumstances only the NHS healthcare provider will be recognised. However we encourage private organisations to submit projects on behalf of their healthcare clients. Please check eligibility or with our team if you are not sure.

Q: Who will read my entry and is it confidential?

A: All entries submitted to the HSJ Awards will be read by our appointed judges, editorial staff and internal awards administrative teams. If you have specific requirements with regards to confidentiality please call our team to discuss and it’s possible that arrangements can be made for you. HSJ would like to share best practice with our community and part of the agreement you enter in to with HSJ Awards to share your projects, people and organisations on our HSJ Solutions platform. However you are welcome to opt out of this. For further clarification please call our team.

Q: Do I have to attend the awards ceremony if I enter or am short listed?​

A: No, there is no mandatory attendance at the awards ceremony in November as a result of a successful entry. HSJ would encourage you to celebrate your success at the biggest annual celebration of healthcare excellence

Q: Can I withdraw my submission?

A: Yes at any time, just get in touch with our team

Q: When will I hear about my submission?​

A: We will confirm the shortlist announcement date on 16 November 2020. For any queries regarding your unsubmitted and ongoing entries, please contact Ryan Bessent on

Q: When will I receive feedback on my entry?

A: All feedback will be delivered by the end of April 2021. We cannot release any feedback before the awards ceremony has passed to ensure we have 100% of our results without prejudicing the result or informing the winners before this date.

Q: How much does attendance cost?

A: HSJ has designed a specific package for public sector attendance at the awards ceremony, please call our team to find out more

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