Tackling Inequalities Award

This award recognises inspiring and sustainable projects which are helping to create, influence and deliver change.

Tackling Inequalities award

No Barriers Here is a unique and innovative approach to advance care planning for people with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities have been identified as a population that has been poorly served by palliative care and end of life care support. The collaboration between The Mary Stevens Hospice, Dudley Voices for Choice, and an Art Psychotherapist, is a great example of co-production in action, using an art therapy approach to open up conversations about death, dying and bereavement.

The panel was impressed by the collaboration with other partners, and the thought that had been given to the long term sustainability of the project - but it was the fact that the project was grounded in co-production with people with learning disabilities that made it stand out.


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 the end of 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 Tackling Inequalities entry

  • How does you project promote equality, diversity and inclusion?
  • Demonstrate how people from the community group have been involved in the project from its conception onwards
  • Provide evidence of outcomes and the impact on care for patients  and those close to them
  • How does the project enable personalised care?
  • How does the approach embed sustainability?
  • Can the model be replicated by others?
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