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Knowledge Awards 2022: Quality Improvement Champions

We are delighted to bring you the Knowledge Awards for 2022, focused on continuous Quality Improvement (QI).

Who is eligible for this award?

The award is open to anyone within the veterinary industry and veterinary education field.

This includes those from a practice setting, for example, from the administration team, veterinary nurses, practice managers and surgeons at all levels. As well as applications from under- and post-graduate educators or learners/students who enhance the awareness and development of QI skills in the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions. Students using QI methodology as part of their education, such as clinical audits, drawing up clinical guidelines or other techniques. Educators should demonstrate how they are teaching QI methodology to better equip students for practice. We encourage anyone undertaking high-quality activity in this area to enter.

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What is the award for?

The award aims to recognise those individuals and teams who are focusing on driving continuous improvements for better outcomes for patients, better service provision to clients, an improved business and environmental case, or better working conditions for the team. Applications could, for example,

  • encompass a strategic approach across a large practice group or across a geographical area,
  • be from an individual
  • be from a practice team
  • be from a student using QI methodology as part of their education
  • be from an educator teaching QI methodology to better equip students for practice.

Applicants can apply as an individual or as part of a team. Colleagues can also nominate others for the award.

Knowledge Champions will be assessed on their passion for QI, and for encouraging and championing QI.

Winners will be announced in early 2022. 

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What will my application be assessed against?

Applications are blinded and assessed by a panel of reviewers. The panel uses the following criteria to score applications. All applications must have the best interests of animal welfare at its heart.

The application should be well articulated, and should demonstrate:

  • a commitment to Quality Improvement
  • the use of evidence-based approaches
  • a learning culture
  • leadership for a whole team approach
  • the use of Quality Improvement techniques for excellence in care, evidenced by improvements (or lessons in how to achieve improvements) in any of the following, as applicable:
  • animal welfare,
  • clinical outcomes,
  • client satisfaction,
  • experience of the caregivers,
  • efficiency,
  • public perception of the profession,
  • environmental benefits,
  • financial effectiveness.

For applications from a teaching setting, we are assessing how well students are equipped to apply these skills in a practice setting.

For those from a practice setting, we are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate how Quality Improvement has been embedded as part of business-as-usual (it is “the way we do things”, rather than an add-on to the day-job).

The case example, which is included as part of the application, should inspire others within the veterinary professions towards a culture of continuous Quality Improvement.

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What happens if my application is selected as a winner?

Successful applicants will become Knowledge Champions and receive a £250 prize and are invited to attend an awards ceremony (either online or in person) and will be reimbursed up to £200 towards reasonable travel costs to attend the event at which this ceremony is held.If a winning application was made for a practice/ organisation – rather than an individual – then a representative will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.

Knowledge Champions have the opportunity to work with RCVS Knowledge to promote and share their experiences in Quality Improvement. This promotion might include presenting at a conference, sharing experiences through our blog, podcasts and interviews, and even publishing their findings in a regular column in a journal such as Veterinary Evidence

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Applications and Nominations

  • Apply for a QI Award
    To apply yourself or on behalf of your team: please download and complete the application form, and writing your case example about your QI initiative before 4 December 2021. Both applicants and nominees will need to read the terms and conditions of the award.
  • Nominate colleagues for a QI Award
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Please send the completed documents to us by email (
Closing dates

For nominations: Nominations have now closed.

For an application (whether you have applied directly or have been nominated): 4th December 2021

Want to know more about QI?
Our previous champions

Take a look at previous Knowledge Award Champions and be inspired by their case examples.

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