The Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) are the first and only awards programme to recognise best practice in patient experience across all facets of health and social care in the UK. They do have a focus on the UK but we welcome submissions from across the world.
The Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards are delivered by the Patient Experience Network (PEN). PEN’s vision is to create a unique platform and resource hub of best practice methods and models across the healthcare industry.
Our goal at the Patient Experience Network is to lead a unique patient experience awards programme, which has a positive impact for all involved.
PEN is a ‘not-for profit’, membership based-network, which seeks to independently assist, advise, and provide expertise to those working towards positive patient experience.
The PEN National Awards (PENNA) are completely independent and are not sponsored by, or affiliated with, large media partners. This gives PENNA the unique advantage of being a free-thinking, independent body that can position itself separately from other healthcare awards, with highly valued judges who are experts in their field.
Organisations can nominate themselves, or be nominated, in one of more categories, and then will be entered into the judging process.
We’d love to hear from you if you have done something that has improved the experience of care – whether it is for patients, carers, families or staff. We have a wide range of categories to reflect the wide ranging work in this area. From large organisation-wide strategic initiatives to local more operational activities, from commissioning to providing the experience, from public engagement programmes to specific targeted actions there will be a category for your work.
Please note you can enter a project or initiative that has been submitted in a previous year, as long as it has progressed and subsequently you have new results to show. We love to hear how a story has developed and it can be really inspiring documenting a journey from humble beginnings to its successful completion, or ongoing.
If your programme has come about as a result of something you learnt through PENNA please let us know! Perhaps you attended an event and heard about an initiative that you then implemented, or read one of the case studies and applied some of the learnings to your area. We know this programme makes a difference and would love to hear more about the difference it made to you and your organisation.
All entries will be judged on their merit, irrelevant of the size of the project or initiative. There is a standard judging criteria against which all entries will be scored.
Each year the categories are adjusted slightly so please check the PENNA page for the year you are interested in.
Judges will be assessing entries for the main categories using the following criteria. The criteria are worth bearing in mind when completing the entry form.
Innovation– is the initiative innovative and ambitious; what makes it different from current practices?
Leadership– the quality of management and leadership including: the clarity of the initiative’s objectives; how well they were communicated; how effectively the project was introduced and implemented?
Outcomes– how has performance been measured and benchmarked; how successful was the project?
Sustainability– will the initiative make a sustainable difference?
Transferability & Dissemination– how easily could the initiative be replicated in other parts of the organisation and/or across other organisations; how effectively has the learning from the project been spread within the organisation and/ or throughout the healthcare sector as a whole?
If you are unsure of whether your initiative will meet the above criteria please feel free to have a chat with a member of our team. We will be happy to advise and assist you, or give you an idea of the most suitable category for your work. We are here to help all potential entrants; there is no question too big or too small.
If you do have any questions or would like to discuss how to enter please contact the team on 03333 44 7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all criteria have an equal weighting and are each scored out of 100. To achieve an optimum score for your entry please bear in mind the guidelines below which will be used by the judges.
|Rating||Description of how well entry meets criteria||Marks available|
|Outstanding||Compelling, robust, fully evidenced description||80 – 100|
|Strong||60 – 79|
|Adequate||40 – 59|
|Limited||20 – 39|
|Weak||Unconvincing, weakly evidenced description||0 – 19|
As a not for profit we do have to charge organisations to enter and take part. These fees are kept to a minimum. For the fees to enter please go to the Enter Awards page.
There are four main ways to get involved. You can:
- enter to share your best practice. To enter please go to the Enter Awards page
- get in touch to join our judging panel. We are always looking for great professionals to join us. To apply get in touch through our contact form
- become a partner, perhaps supporting a category. To find out more either go to our Membership page or get in touch with the team
- simply come along and soak up the best practice, energy and inspiration. To register to attend go to our Enter Awards page.