The AbbVie Big Ideas for Better Health Awards were launched by biopharmaceutical company AbbVie in 2015 as a way to recognise, celebrate and share exceptional examples of improvements and innovation that demonstrate clear benefit to the lives of patients. 

The Awards are free to enter and are open to healthcare organisations and patient groups in the UK to submit examples of work in three categories:

  • Delivering care closer to home
  • Supporting self-management and self-care
  • Driving prevention and early intervention

Winners receive a £3,000 bursary to extend their project or pilot new ideas for the benefit of patients and/or the NHS.

Find out more about the work of previous winners here

Birmingham Heartland Occupational Therapy Palliative Care Team - 2016 Winners

Entries can be submitted by any UK-based:

  • NHS organisation
  • Charitable or not-for-profit organisation
  • Patient group
  • Healthcare professional society

Entries for the 2018 Awards should be submitted to the secretariat at . Entry and attendance to the ceremony is free. 

Pushed for time? We know that most people involved in healthcare are, so we've extended the closing date for entries by 14 days! The new closing date is 5pm on Friday 10th August 2018. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accept submissions after this time.

 If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your entry within seven days of submission, please contact

1.      A 200-word executive summary. This will be submitted to the Judges and will also be made publicly available if your entry is selected as a finalist.

2.      A two-sided A4 submission, in minimum font size 10. If you are illustrating your submission with thumbnail images within the text, please submit the entry as a pdf to preserve quality and layout.

**Please note that the Executive Summary does not need to fit within this two-sided submission document and can be submitted as a separate document.

Your entry should include details of:

  • The category in which you are entering
  • The team involved
  • The challenge or problem that you were seeking to solve
  • The strategy you used to address the challenge
  • The tactics you deployed to develop the programme/project
  • The results you achieved and the benefit to patients
  • Your goals for the project/programme     
  • How you would use the bursary to further your project/ programme if you won
  • Where you heard about AbbVie’s Big Ideas for Better Health awards programme

To find out more about the judging process and other frequently asked questions click here