RCGP awards, guidance for making a nomination

As a registered charity, it’s especially important our awards are made to the most appropriate people, and the awards procedures are open and transparent. Bear in mind we receive a large number of nominations, and not all are successful.

Nominating RCGP members for State Honours

Accuracy and completeness

If you are apply for or nominating someone for an award, it’s your responsibility to ensure you include all the required up to date and accurate information.

Special relationship with the nominee

It’s not appropriate to nominate someone with whom you have a close personal relationship for example, a spouse or someone you’re in partnership with.

If you’re nominating someone your work with at a university or other institution, you’ll need to explain the exact nature of your working relationship on the nomination form.

Eligibility for awards

Our awards recognise outstanding work for RCGP and for the development of general practice.

Paid work for RCGP, as an employee or a contractor, will not in itself be taken into account in assessing whether a candidate has done enough to justify an award. However, working for RCGP does not disqualify someone from consideration if they’ve done voluntary work which would otherwise merit an award.

General nomination guidelines

The following guidelines apply to RCGP awards:

  • wherever possible, nominations should be made without the knowledge of the candidate
  • it’s not appropriate to nominate yourself for an award, other than a competition award - and self-canvassing is discouraged
  • the awarding committee reserves the right to recommend nomination for a different award, if it’s this would be more applicable (the nominator would be contacted if this happened)
  • the same piece of work can only be used to apply for one RCGP award within a three-year period
  • information given on applications will be used solely for the purpose of supporting the objectives of RCGP in the administration of its awards, and all data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998

Find out more or nominate someone for an award

For full criteria and nomination forms, contact the Awards Administrator: secretariat@rcgp.org.uk or telephone: 020 3188 7534.

Nominating RCGP members for State Honours

Anyone can now nominate an individual and the GOV.UK website has guidance about how the Honours System works and how to make a nomination

RCGP nominates members who have made outstanding contributions to General Practice. The President is the lead Officer responsible for these nominations. We welcome nominations that help us celebrate the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution to patient care through their field of General Practice whether it be dedicated front-line GPs, those in academic teaching and research, innovation and those in other branches of work which have a significant impact on professional standards and patient care.

In each round, very few individuals will be recognised for their services to General Practice or Primary Care - the standards are very high.

The citation is the key piece of evidence which is submitted. It is limited to 3000 characters – around 4 -5 paragraphs and must clearly articulate the individual’s achievement and what has changed as a consequence. It needs to make a powerful case for demonstrating how this is exceptional and above what would be expected in their day to day work. Strong letters of support can help amplify the citation achievements and give further information to help the Committee in its deliberations.

RCGP is keen to put forward those members whose achievements truly deserve recognition in this way and reflect our growing and diverse membership. If you would like to nominate a member, you should approach your Faculty Chair or Provost to secure their support. They will be able to advise you on how to submit a citation form and securing support from others.

It is important to respect the protocols in place. For example, individuals should not be told of your intention to make a nomination, largely to manage expectations but also as this is a ‘gift’ from the Queen and decisions are discretionary. More information about this can be found on the government website.

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