Open to all case managers involved in rehabilitation who have delivered impressive or unmatched outcomes in the last 12 months for injured clients in terms of return-to-work rates or recovery of pre-accident abilities. Judges will be looking for evidence of first-class commitment, motivation and tangible results. Entries should show innovative working practices and supporting evidence or feedback from those involved or affected by the case.
Open to all UK rehabilitation service providers, including those involved in niche, medical or vocational rehab. The judges will be looking for an organisation that provides quality of service to injured clients, whether through an enhancement of previous services, a new and innovative approach or a partnership with others. The initiative should have been launched in the last 12 - 18 months and have paid dividends or achieved specific targets within that timeframe.
Open to all employers operating in the public, private or not for profit sectors that have successfully tackled a sickness absence problem by embracing early notification of illness/injury or appropriate rehabilitation for staff? This can be a one off project or a long-term strategy, but the entry should demonstrate who was involved, the impact this has had on the business and the results achieved within the last 12 months.
This category is open to all individuals, departments or firms working in the claimant solicitor space who have achieved appropriate rehabilitation for clients alongside the pursuit of an award for damages. Judges will be looking for commitment, innovation and measurable results. Additional credit will be given to those entries that can demonstrate successes secured through collaborative working and evidence of how specific obstacles that could have impeded client recovery were overcome.
Open to all types of insurers - whether they are looking after first-party customers or third-party claimants - that have successfully used early rehabilitation intervention even before client negligence has been established to the benefit of the injured party. Initiatives must be compelling in terms of the outcomes they deliver for individuals, while simultaneously being cost-effective for the insurer themselves. Projects can target a specific type of disability or be across all cases, but must show quantifiable benefits.
This category is open to anyone working in the area of rehabilitation, aged 35 or under on 28 June 2013 who has exceeded all expectations when it comes to helping injured individuals recover - based on return-to-work rates, product or service development, positive mental attitude, or a championing of the profession in the wider community and continuing professional development. The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of the individual's contribution to their team or department over the last 12 months; evidence of a commitment to pursuing relevant professional qualifications; and detail of how they have championed rehabilitation to the wider market. All nominations must be made or supported by the individual's departmental manager.
Each year the judging panel hotly debates who has set themselves apart from their peers by the sheer weight and significance of their contribution to the UK rehabilitation industry. Whose crusading efforts are unmatched? Nominations are welcomed in this category and should detail what makes the proposed individual an undeniable winner in terms of driving and developing the industry. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include: Rosie Hewitt, Carole Chantler, Melanie Summers, Helen Merfield, Norman Cottington, Deborah Edwards and Ashton West.
As the UK rehabilitation industry has evolved and matured, the greater complexity of programmes and service delivery has required new types of roles to emerge within insurers, solicitors, rehabilitation providers, employers or the health service. These people may not be medically trained or ever have performed as case managers but their efforts and achievements this year will have made a crucial difference to the delivery of effective rehab as an organisation and, ultimately, to injured individuals. Open to anyone working in the area of rehabilitation.