Save the dates
As soon as they are available, make a note of the awards entry opening and closing dates, and when they will be announcing the shortlist. Think positive and also plan your diary around the awards presentation date.
Keep it on file
If completing an online entry form, use a Word document to type up and save the information you intend to submit. You can then copy and paste this into the form when you are ready. It also means you have a back-up, in case you lose internet connection while submitting the form, and you might be able to use the same elements for entering a different awards event.
‘I’m not good at this sort of thing’
The judges are more interested in why you deserve an award than your writing skills, but if you are concerned that you’re not the best person to ‘sell yourself’ or the person you are nominating, ask a friend or colleague to help. A clearly written entry that focuses on the ‘important stuff’ is more likely to stand out from the crowd and impress judges.
Focus on treatment outcomes
The judges will be interested in how you have made a difference to clients. What are the treatment outcomes? Has your service helped to reduce stress, pain or a specific symptom in your clients? How can you evidence that your service has made this difference? Testimonials, client surveys, feedback forms, case studies, and before and after pictures are all useful. Tools such as a visual analogue scale (VAS) and MYMOP are also good ways to measure and report on treatment outcomes.
Other supporting evidence
Your entry can also benefit from other supporting evidence – such as a letter from someone senior at the charity, hospice or centre where you work, or scanned newspaper clippings.
Don’t leave it until the last minute
Allow yourself plenty of time and try to submit your entry a couple of days before the closing date to ensure it arrives safely.