The Top 10 healthcare awards

Healthcare awards
Discover our Top 10 healthcare awards, from Nobel Prize to BMJ to HIMSS and more, that celebrate the dedication and expertise of healthcare workers

During the pandemic, Britain indulged in a Clap for Carers, giving their healthcare services a two minute round of applause. Healthcare professionals were also offered discounts in shops and allowed to skip the queue and go into shops first. 

But formal healthcare awards have been celebrating the challenging work of healthcare professionals and organisations for years - highlighting the work they do, publicly saying thank you and offering the next generation of healthcare workers some inspiration. 

Here are our Top 10 healthcare awards that recognise the excellence of healthcare workers:


10. The Innovate Awards

The AHSN Network and NHS Confederation lead The Innovate Awards, which seek to ‘celebrate outstanding innovation in healthcare and drive positive change’. The awards uphold the importance of driving forward healthcare practices and motivating the next generation of healthcare workers for improved healthcare outcomes.


9. Nightingale Awards

Top patient care, leadership, education and research are awarded at the Nightingale Awards. So far, 37 incredible nurses from 22 countries have been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, which acknowledges ‘courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster’. Recipients are nominated The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


8. The C. Everett Koop Health Project Awards

The awards recognise the initiatives which endorse healthcare education, prevention and wellness across communities. Every year, the awards are presented by The Health Project’s leadership to winning organisations, as part of the HERO Forum. Winners must document the economic impact of their programmes and explain what they did, if it worked and whether it was worth it.


7. The Galien Awards

The Prix Galien Awards were founded in France in 1970 and celebrate the work of scientists and healthcare researchers to better advance the treatment of human diseases. The awards are held in 15 countries, including Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. Partners include Medable, Inc, Finn Partners and Moorhouse


6. Our Health Care Heroes Awards

The Our Health Care Heroes Awards are hosted by Skills for Health, a not-for-profit organisation committed to developing an improved and sustainable healthcare workforce. The Health Care Heroes Awards praise healthcare workers and organisations who work with ‘exceptional dedication, compassion and innovation in providing healthcare services’ and recognises the hard work carried out daily. 


5. Indian Healthcare Excellence Awards

India's Healthcare Excellence Awards aim to celebrate healthcare organisations and individuals for their contributions to the healthcare industry. There are 69,000 public and private hospitals in India and almost 2m beds. The broad categories are: 

  • Medical and Dental Awards
  • Oral Health and Dentistry Awards
  • Pharmaceutical Awards
  • Medical Institutions Awards
  • Best Doctors Awards
  • Nursing Excellence Awards
  • Best Clinics Awards
  • Best Hospital Awards


4. The Gairdner Awards

The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 and aims to fulfil James A. Gairdner’s vision to: 

  • Recognise major research contributions to the treatment of disease 
  • Alleviate human suffering

The awards celebrate the world’s most accomplished healthcare researchers whose work is improving the health and well-being of people around the world.


3. HIMSS Davies Awards

Presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the awards recognise healthcare organisations that have shown ‘outstanding implementation and use of health information technology to improve patient care and outcomes’. Winners must have shown sustainable improvement to clinical care outcomes and accomplished Stage 7 validation on one of the HIMSS Maturity Models.

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2. The BMJ Awards

Each year, up to 350 teams enter The BMJ Awards, which is an opportunity for a worthwhile healthcare team to receive recognition for its ‘Professionalism, commitment, creativity and hard work’. 

Now celebrating 13 years, the awards aim to promote excellence in healthcare and showcase knowledge and experience that will inspire another generation of healthcare workers.

Presented by The BMJ (also known as the British Medical Journal), the awards celebrate healthcare professionals who have made impressive contributions to healthcare or medical research.


1. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

One of the most prestigious awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to medical research or discoveries in the field of physiology or medicine.

Some of the recipients were featured in our Top 10 vaccines article. South African-American virologist Max Theiler created a vaccine for Yellow Fever in 1938. Theiler received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery in 1951. Dr. Baruch Blumberg discovered the Hepatitis B virus in 1965, winning the Nobel Prize for his discovery and creating the vaccine in 1969 - this was also the first anti-cancer vaccine.

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