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'Big Ideas for Better Health' Awards

The 'Big Ideas for Better Health' awards were originally launched in 2015 as a way to recognise, celebrate and share exceptional examples of improvements and innovation that demonstrate clear benefit to the lives of patients. The Awards are free to enter and are open to healthcare organisations and patient groups in the UK to submit examples of work. Winners will receive a grant from AbbVie for £3,000 to extend their project or take it to the next level. Previous winners come from across the UK – you can watch a video of last year's winners on our YouTube channel. The awards ceremony will take place at the Houses of Parliament in November. All finalists will be invited and there is no cost to attend.

The programme forms part of AbbVie's Sustainable Healthcare Initiative* and this year has been refreshed with a new name (previously Patients as Partners) and new categories:

  • Delivering care closer to home
  • Supporting self-management and self-care
  • Driving prevention and early intervention

The 'Big Ideas' awards are now open for entries – the deadline for this year’s submissions is 27 July 2018. We ask for applications to include a 200-word executive summary (this will be submitted to the Judges and will also be made publicly available if the entry is selected as a finalist) and a two-sided A4 submission, in minimum font size 10. The entry should include details of:

  • The category being entered
  • The team involved
  • The challenge or problem that the team faced and sought to solve
  • The strategy employed to address the challenge
  • The tactics deployed to develop the programme/project
  • The results achieved and the benefit to patients
  • The goals for the project/programme
  • How the bursary would be used to further your project/ programme if you won
  • Where the entrant heard about AbbVie’s Big Ideas for Better Health awards programme (please state via WAM & TRISHNA BHARADIA)
  • If entrants wish to include images, we ask that thumbnail images are embedded within the text, and the entry is submitted as a pdf to preserve quality and layout. Entries can be submitted to or via our website.