Prepare to enter
Except where indicated, website URLs and submissions for 2019 should relate to the fifteen-month period October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. If you submit a duplicate entry by accident or in error, we will process each entry before a decision about their duplication can be made. Regrettably, any duplicated entry fee will not be refunded, unless the duplication was caused by a technical error outside our control. Entries must be in English, including the website page reached using any URL you provide on the entry form.
The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication, both online and offline in ways that enhance the standing of entrants, supporting sponsors and the Care Home Awards themselves. Descriptions of submissions from winners and runners-up will be published in connection with the Care Home Awards and may be used as examples of excellence at linked conferences or to promote the Awards in future years.
Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘not for publication’ (such as financial data, etc.), provided such restrictions are not used unreasonably.
Remember: if online activities feature in your entry it is always helpful to include independent evaluation of your care home or facilities by an accredited service.
Choose your categories
Before you go online and complete your entry form, you will need to prepare your submission paper, which must be relevant to the category you wish to enter.
Follow these guidelines
Entries to the Care Home Awards must be submitted online. Your written entry must be no more than 1,500 words in English (12 point type, single line spacing) saved in PDF format (10MB maximum file size), uploaded from your desktop to the Care Home Awards’ website. All entries should be uploaded following the template sections listed below. The Judges may vote lower any entry exceeding the word count.
Please adhere to these basic rules of entry, together with any other specific criteria described below.
Your completed entry form and your written entry are the basis on which each entry will be voted for by the judges and short-listed. Your written document should respond to any individual category criteria relevant to your entry – in other words, it helps if you follow the sub-headings listed below.
At the beginning of your document please list the following information:
- Category entered
- Name of company/care home about which the entry has been written
- Title of entry (e.g. New Spa Facilities, or Improving Care Homes in Sutton Coldfield)
- 100-word summary of the entry
- Any relevant URL for online activity or references
- Any link to video material stored (e.g. YouTube or Vimeo)
- Name of entering company if different
Please try to use the following as sub-headings, within your submission, under which you provide your clear explanation for the judges.
- Description of group, care home, service or team
- Reasons why the judges should take notice of your entry in the chosen category
- Current aims
- Future plans / ambitions
- Strategic thinking (especially if new strategy put in place during the eligibility period)
- Innovation / creative thinking (new thinking, new departures, new techniques)
- Implementation (what was put into effect and how was it put into effect)
- Evaluation including formal summary of results, ROI, accreditation and reviews from residents and family members
You may well have an internal or external team to prepare your entries, but If you do need any help writing your entries, Boost Marketing can give you independent advice from their centres in the UK and Ireland. Boost works completely independently of the Awards and there is no commercial relationship between Boost and the Care Home Awards. Boost acts completely independently to give you advice on your entries.