Following the success of our guide to writing award entries for NHS communications teams and the accompanying training course, we were commissioned to write a guide to running internal awards ceremonies.

The document – A practical guide to running internal awards in the NHS – outlines the business case for organisations to have their own awards ceremonies, highlighting the strong evidence that increased employee engagement leads to better outcomes for patients. It then covers everything an organisation would need to consider and plan for when creating a set of awards, with suggestions about categories, judging and the awards ceremony itself.

Chief wordsmith Louise Turner said: “We were delighted to once again offer our expertise to the NHS to help them harness the power of awards.

“The business case for running staff awards, in the NHS especially, is backed by many academic studies. The increased levels of staff engagement that internal awards can generate are critical to improving patient care and outcomes.

“While written for NHS organisations, the guide could be used by companies in any sector as a step-by-step approach to planning, creating and running their own awards.”