The closing date for entries for the BMA Patient Information Awards is the end of this month – 28 February 2013. You can find more information about the conditions of entry, the criteria for selection and judging criteria, from the awards home page. The BMA have made a number of changes this year in order to manage the increasing number of entries. The main change made is to decrease the number of resources which can be entered by any one organisation from five to three.
There is a two year entry period but resources may not be re-entered in subsequent years unless they have been revised so you should choose different resources this year to those you entered last year (unless they have been revised since last time). Subsequent versions of resources which have won special awards cannot be entered again, although revised versions of resources which have been commended or highly commended can be entered again this year.
All entries will be considered for the overall BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year Award, regardless of their format. There are also new special award categories. Resources must have been published in 2011, 2012 or before the end of February 2013 and must be in English as they have no means of reviewing other languages.
There are six mandatory criteria which all entries should meet. Resources which do not meet any one of these mandatory criteria will be graded as Ineligible so check to make sure that the resources you enter fulfill these criteria:
- Date of publication. Resources entered must clearly state the publication date. It must have been produced or revised within the previous two years.
- User involvement. Applicants will be asked to confirm that they have involved users in the development of their resource and to give details of the ways in which this was done.
- Health professional involvement (or an appropriate expert or specialist). Applicants will be asked to confirm that they have involved health professionals (or other experts) in the development of their resource and to give details of the ways in which this was done.
- References or sources of information. Applicants will be asked to give details of the references or sources of information they have used in the development of their information.
- Dissemination of the resource. Applicants will be asked to give information about the dissemination of the resource.
- Evaluation of the resource. Applicants will be asked to give information about the evaluation of the resource.
The online appraisal form includes new assessment criteria which were suggested by our review panel of patient information specialists, question-specific guidance, an automatic scorning system and a feedback option.
Please fill out the online entry form for each resource you enter: web2.bma.org.uk