The list below is a guide to the major milestones in this process and what to expect in terms of publicity.
5 March 2019 – Public Launch/Nominations Open
Programme launches and the nomination window opens. National and regional media releases will be issued by the NHS. Template media releases are provided in the Campaign Pack for MPs to use locally.
26 April 2019 – Nominations Close
Competition closes for nominations at midnight. Template materials for MPs to use to announce their nominees will be provided w/c 26th March. The sifting process begins at local level (NHS Area Team), with regional teams then deciding a regional champion in each category.
25 June 2019 – National Shortlist Announced
Public announcement of shortlisted nominees. Each category will have seven shortlisted nominees comprising of the regional champions from each of the NHS regions – East of England, London, Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, North West, South East and South West.
National and regional media releases will be issued by the NHS. Shortlisted nominees and their nominating MP(s) will be contacted in advance, and provided with template materials for use with their local media. They will also receive their invitations to the awards ceremony.
10 July 2019 – Awards Ceremony
Competition culminates in an awards ceremony in Parliament, to which all shortlisted nominees and their MPs will be invited. National, regional and local media releases will be issued trailing the ceremony and then announcing the winners. Winners and their MPs will have the opportunity to participate in any further media opportunities.