Health Education England

NHS Living the Values Award

Do you know someone who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the NHS values in their daily role; someone who has worked selflessly for the benefit of others within your organization, irrespective of their role or level?

The NHS Living the Values Award celebrates individuals or teams (clinical or non-clinical), who best exemplify the values of the NHS by making a significant impact for the benefit of others. They bring the values to life and actively demonstrate that these are at the heart of everything they do.

The winner of this award will encompass the values in the NHS Constitution: 

  • Showing Respect and dignity to patients, colleagues and/or communities at all times
  • Having a passion and commitment to high quality of care.
  • Showing compassion to patients, colleagues and/or communities
  • Improving lives.
  • Proactively working together to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
  • The belief that everyone counts.

Please answer the following questions by giving suitable examples of how the nominee(s) demonstrated leadership qualities in their work, words or actions. We have made some suggestions of examples you might give; do feel free to use any others which you believe answer the question.

Q1 Do they show genuine compassion towards others, which positively impacts and improves experiences for patients, colleagues and/or the community? For example:

  • Evidence from patient, citizen or staff feedback
  • Participation in awareness campaigns and the effect on others
  • Your or others’ stories of their compassion and its effect on others

Q2 Do they proactively seek opportunities to work with others to bring together their skills and experiences? This may be demonstrated by:

  • The collaborative projects they lead or take part in
  • Offering the opportunity to collaborate for a variety of people in their network (e.g. colleagues, patients, citizens) to share their knowledge.
  • The networks they are part of and stories of their positive impact
  • Helping others to make valuable connections which then goes on to improve patient outcomes or experiences

Q3 Do they work in a way to deliver or support high quality care for patients, staff and/or communities? This may be shown by:

  • Patient, citizen or staff feedback
  • Yours or others’ experience of working with them – stories of the ‘extra mile’ they have taken which meant that patients, staff or communities have received excellent service from them
  • Stories where some or all of the values listed above were clearly demonstrated

Q4 Do they demonstrate inclusive leadership? Examples of inclusive leadership may be:

  • They are an ambassador, advocate or ally for the under-represented or unheard. They may be part of, or run, a network or representative committee and unlock potential through their development of inclusive services and in the process help to shift their organisation’s culture
  • They inspire by helping others ‘be themselves’, demonstrating an interest in and treating all with compassion, care and professionalism regardless of who they are, background, or job role. This may be seen through staff and/or patient feedback/surveys or be from your own experiences of working with them
  • They ‘call out’ bias, exclusion and discrimination when and wherever they see it, enabling teams, services, organisations and systems to continually develop inclusive practices, modelling conscious, intentional, inclusion

Click here to download the nomination form