Michael Howard Award

This award recognises the importance of innovation in collaborative partnerships between hospices and hospitals to enable more people to be cared for in their preferred place at the end of life.

Hospice UK Awards

Many people have a preference of where they’d like to be when they die, whether this is at home, in a hospice or in a hospital. While this may not always be possible, there are people dedicated to making it as easy as possible for people’s wishes to be carried out and have a comfortable end of life, surrounded by loved ones, and with the right care in place.

Applications can come from hospices who have initiated partnerships with hospitals that are having a positive impact of people’s experiences and outcomes at the end of life.

General criteria and guidance

  1. Unless otherwise stated, Innovation entries will consist of an introductory statement of 650 characters (including spaces) followed by a statement of no more than 3,500 characters (including spaces), as to why the entrant feels his or her organisation/project should win. The statement should be based on the information outlined below. Entrants may also submit supporting information such as relevant literature, media coverage, etc.Extra info should be e-mailed separately to grants@hospiceuk.org clearly identifying which entry it refers to.
  2. Each entry will be judged by a panel appointed by Hospice UK.
  3. Each category will have a winner, with no runners up.
  4. Members and Subscribers of Hospice UK are eligible to enter, with the exception of:
    • The Towergate Hospice Team of the Year Award, which is only open to member hospices.
    • The Dying Matters Award is open to those who registered an event in England, Wales (via Byw Nawr) and Northern Ireland.
  5. No one employed by Hospice UK may enter the awards.
  6. Projects should have been initiated or be completed during the twelve month period up to end August 2022.
  7. By entering these awards, entrants agree to work with Hospice UK to develop a case study about their project which can be shared with other hospices.
  8. In certain circumstances, if the standard of entries is considered not high enough, the judges may elect not to make a particular award.
  9. The closing date for entries in all categories is tbc.
  10. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Suggested information to include in your entry

How original was the innovation?

  • Does the project demonstrate a creative approach to partnership working with a hospital?
  • Was the project part of a wider strategic or system wide objective?

What was the impact of the innovation?

  • Has the project demonstrated measurable impact in terms of enabling more people to die in their preferred place of care?
  • Can the project demonstrate cost savings (a) to the health & care system or b) the hospital
  • Can the project demonstrate improved outcomes for people at the end of life
  • Has the project led to long-term sustainable change? 
  • Has the project improved the skill and competence of non-hospice services to better care for people at the end of life?

Has the project identified learning for others that can be / has been shared?

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