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A straightforward entry process

 

To enter the Home Care Awards you need to complete the online entry form and upload a submission paper when prompted.

Entries to the Home Care 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 (5MB maximum file size), uploaded from your desktop to the Home Care Awards’ website. All entries should be uploaded following the template sections listed below. The Judges will automatically vote lower any entries exceeding the word count. At the same time, the judges will appreciate the conciseness of your entry. There is no need to use the full word count. Please adhere to these basic rules of entry, together with any other specific  criteria described below.

 

Please note: the closing date for entries is November 30, 2019.

 

Template guide

 

Your completed entry form and your written entry are the basis on which each entry will be voted for by the judges and shortlisted. Your written document should clearly describe the nature and aims of any project or deal, define the sector and competitive environment (if appropriate), set out any relevant strategic considerations, explain any innovative initiatives or use of technology, then map out the implementation pathways. Please provide as clear an indication as possible of what has been achieved, with supporting facts, figures and pictures.

At the beginning of your document the following information must be listed:

  • Category entered
  • Name of organisation about which the entry has been written
  • Title of entry (e.g. New Mobility Initiative, or Improving Home Care in Colchester)
  • 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 under which you clearly provide your explanation for the judges.

  • Description of provision, product or 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 products or services, 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 clients/patients and family members

Team categories may be entered by an individual, or by their company, or colleagues. Please make sure that the role of the team or individual is described and that you state their success during the eligibility period.

Failure to include the details requested may result in your entry being marked lower by the Judging Panel.

 

Support material

 

Entries for the Home Care Awards must be submitted online.

You may need to provide physical support material (for instance printed literature, stage development plans, photographs or video) please provide a URL to a supporting micro site, or a link to YouTube or Vimeo for video files, in your submission paper. If the organisers feel that the judges will need to see physical items in support of your entry you will be notified well in advance of the judging date and asked to send the material by post.

The judges will want to feel fully informed about your activity, so please include whatever you feel is appropriate and relevant for your entry. If an entry is entered into more than one category, please indicate this clearly, but remember you need to remind the judges of the micro site URL for the support material, each time you enter. 

 

Disqualifications

 

The organisers intend that the Home Care Awards are open to the whole sector, but any website that breaks national or international laws or offends public, religious, national or gender-specific sensitivities, or that flouts banking, compliance, advertising, promotion or Internet rules will be disqualified.

 

Time is always precious and sometimes writing an awards entry is one of those jobs put off until the last moment. For a helping hand to write your awards entries contact:

www.boost-awards.co.uk

Please note that Boost Awards is not only the first and largest company expert in preparing Awards submissions, but is also completely independent. There is no financial relationship between the Home Care Awards and Boost and the advice you receive is confidential.

 

 

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