Introducing the MES Engagement Champion Award

Posted 09:55 Wednesday 8 March 2017
Nick Goodman

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MES Engagement Champion Award

Today we’re happy to announce that on Tuesday May 16th, as part of our ‘Challenge 2020: Embedding Engagement in Health’ conference, we will be presenting our very first award…and it could be given to you!

The inaugural MES Engagement Champion Award will recognise those individuals, teams and organisations who have shown how their commitment to patient, public and staff engagement has led to positive, meaningful results.

Entries are now open to any team or individual involved with providing or commissioning healthcare in the UK. A nomination form is available via our conference microsite. Be sure to get your nomination in before the deadline of Friday 7 April.

So why present an award and why now?

Well, over the last decade we’ve seen a shift in how engagement, participation and involvement are seen within the health sector. The principle of putting people, communities and staff right at the heart of healthcare decision-making is now widely accepted and, quite rightly, strived for.  But we still have some way to go before we see that aspirational talk turned into day-to-day, meaningful activity across the board.

That’s what this year’s conference is all about: how do we take those aspirations and embed them into our working culture so that we benefit from the results they can bring? We know there are challenges to achieving this: time, resource, lack of direction. What we want to do with this award is acknowledge, and applaud, those teams and organisations who have made the transition from aspirational talk to meaningful results. These are the people who, we think, will show the rest of the sector the way.

Above all we want to recognise those people who work tirelessly to ensure local populations are involved in healthcare in a meaningful way: people who have rarely been put in the limelight…until now.

A shortlist will be announced mid-April, and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges including myself, Sian Roberts (CEO of our parent company Electoral Reform Services) as well as soon-to-be announced engagement experts in health and elsewhere.  

Each finalist will be celebrated during the final session of conference, when the overall winner will be revealed and presented with our MES Engagement Champion trophy.

The winning person or team will be selected based on evidence that their work engaging with staff, patients and/or local people has:

Created demonstrable positive impact on services;
Can show how their bold and creative approach has advanced beyond the boundaries of what engagement in health has previously achieved
Gone beyond informing or consulting people but instead involves them, collaborates with them or even empowers them.

Each finalist will also receive a free ticket to conference, so don’t delay: get in touch and let us know what engagement and involvement activities you’ve initiated in the past year and, importantly, how they’ve changed things for the better.

To find out more and to nominate yourself, your team or a colleague, visit our conference microsite: and click on ‘Awards’.

On Tuesday 16 May, MES will host ‘Challenge 2020: Embedding Engagement in Health’. More information on this conference including programme, speakers and details on how to get tickets can be found at

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