Judges' Tips


  • Do watch the group heads recorded video on the Meet the Judges page.
  • Understand it is essential that applicants explain how their initiative is different and innovative compared with others.
  • Be clear that repeat applications must be evident as to how they have developed their service and addressed judges concerns since the last application
  • Ensure the initiatives have been undertaken in the last 5 years (2014-19)
  • Get your point across quickly and simply – remember judges review lots of entries
  • Clearly state the innovation for your entry: what is different about your submission
  • Clearly state your results: they are essential, and only those included in the application will be considered - supporting materials are not part of the initial judging process
  • Write your entry against the specific criteria for the individual category you are entering
  • Use simple explanations and clear punchy language
  • Have a look at the case studies from teams previously recognised
  • Have a look at the 7 Steps, a useful guide to writing your entry.


  • Don’t enter if you don’t have results, your entry will not be judged
  • Don’t forget to attach and clearly mark any previous QiC Diabetes entries relating to the same initiative. Include the category it was entered into, placing (if applicable) and the feedback you received.
  • Don’t exceed the submission length limit – 2500 words maximum
  • Don’t use supporting materials as an overflow from the entry
  • Don’t be afraid to show what the initiative or activity looked like – a picture says a thousand words.

Final tip

  • Once you have written your entry, let a colleague who knows nothing about this initiative read it.

“Following the tips included here is really important to give your entry the best chance of standing out and being recognised as a potential winner. My biggest issue is where there are no clear outcomes or results from the initiative – so if you haven’t got them yet, consider applying next year instead – you will stand a much better chance”

Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK [chair, group head], Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK

“The award is for innovation as well as quality improvement, so make sure you make it clear what aspects of your entry are unique or different to other similar initiatives rather than just doing what you should be doing well”

Dr Paru King [group head], Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals

“It’s a privilege for me once again to be involved with QiC Diabetes, which raises such awareness about all the brilliant initiatives which are happening in diabetes care at the moment. The innovation, positivity and determination to make things better shines through when we’re reviewing the entries each year. My top tip for success is to make sure you clearly demonstrate the project outcomes (that you have measured what you set out to measure at the start), and have included an evaluation of cost effectiveness in order to demonstrate how your project is workable within the financial pressures all services now face. I look forward to another year of innovative and inspirational entries.”

Alison Barnes [group head], Senior Research Associate / Diabetes Specialist Dietitian at Newcastle University/Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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