A panel of well-respected judges assess the entries, paying particular attention to initiative and enterprise. The care of patients must also be paramount.

Each nomination is anonymized by someone not on the judging panel and then scored blind by at least three of the judges against a set of criteria specific to that award. The winner is simply whichever nominee achieves the highest total score in their category.

The 2015 judging panel was as follows:

Professor Bridget Johnston

Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, University of Nottingham  

And Consultant Editor International Journal of Palliative Nursing   

John Costello 

Senior Lecturer palliative care nursing

Ann McGee

 End of Life Care Project Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

Donna Drew

 Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Oncology/Palliative Care, Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, New South Wales, Australia

Jennifer Franklin

Editor, International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Tony Banach

 Learning and Development Manager for Macmillan Professionals, Macmillan Cancer Support

Brian Nyatanga

Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, University of Worcester