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RCN Nursing Awards 2022

The UK’s most prestigious nursing awards have opened for entries, with the RCN Nurse of the Year 2022 accolade up for grabs.

The RCN Nursing Awards invite nurses, nursing students and nursing support workers to share their innovations and expertise and celebrate their contribution to improving care and outcomes for people of all ages and walks of life.

Entries are open to individuals and teams in 13 categories covering the diversity of nursing.

The Patient’s Choice category, which gives patients an opportunity to nominate a nurse, health visitor or nursing support worker who has made a difference to their lives, is decided by public vote.

The RCN Nurse of the Year 2022 will be chosen from the category winners and announced at the awards ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel on 6 October.

The awards are about recognising outstanding contributions made to the nursing profession.

RCN general secretary Pat Cullen said: ‘Nursing staff right across the UK have demonstrated their skill and professionalism since the very beginning of the pandemic, just as they had done every day before it hit.

‘In hospitals, in GP surgeries, in care homes and the community, they should all be proud to be part of this incredible profession.

‘These awards are about recognising the outstanding contributions made to the nursing profession and celebrating the outstanding efforts, commitment and achievements of all those involved.

‘I encourage you all to enter or nominate a colleague for the awards and look forward to hearing of the work that has continued to go on, even under the most incredible pressures.’

The deadline for entries is 25 March. You do not need to be an RCN member to enter and all categories are open to entrants from across the UK.

.Please visit to enter.

There are 13 awards categories this year:

  • Child health

  • Commitment to carers – sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • Community and GP nursing – sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • Excellence in cancer research nursing – sponsored by Cancer Research UK

  • Innovations in your specialty

  • Leadership – sponsored by Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare

  • Learning disability nursing

  • Mental health nursing

  • Nursing older people – sponsored by Aquarate

  • Nursing support worker

  • Patient’s choice - sponsored by Alexandra

  • Student nurse

  • Team of the year – sponsored by LV=

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