Judges are selected from across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. Judges contribute valuable time and effort to work through hundreds of entries, reviewing against strict criteria and attributing scores against a transparent system aimed at rewarding and recognising the best of UK Healthcare.

Our judging takes place over two stages. Each stage is designed to provide a fair and transparent process. Have a look at the key dates page for more information.

  • Stage 1: Remote Judging – Once the entry phase closes, all the submissions will be sent to our judges for online review.
  • Stage 2: Virtual Presentations – Once the shortlist is announced on 9 December 2025, all finalists will be invited to give a virtual 10-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with our judging panel. The stage 2 dates per category are listed here.