The quality of information being produced by PIF TICK members has been recognised at the British Medical Association’s Patient Liaison Group (PLG) patient information awards 2023.

Of the 11 resources recognised by judges, 10 were produced by PIF members. Nine of those are accredited PIF TICK members.

The overall winner, When someone dies, was produced by PIF TICK-accredited member Marie Curie.

Judges praised the "comprehensive, responsive resource with exceptional coproduction".

Read more about Marie Curie's winning resource here.

The runner-up was the only non-PIF member in the line-up – Suicide Prevention Support by Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

Driving improvement

More than 90 resources were submitted for this year's awards. 

PIF director Sophie Randall was on the long list judging panel.

"It was really hard to select 11 projects from the host of excellent entries," she said. 

"It was brilliant to see the volume of excellent PIF TICK accredited entries. which made it through to the longlist panel. The projects recognised by the awards are truly outstanding.  

"What stood out in the PIF TICK entries overall was the extent of user engagement, the efforts to make content health-literacy friendly, dissemination plans and the approach to measuring impact. 

"This shows us that the PIF TICK is really driving improvement and ensuring patients and the public get access to credible information that meets their needs. 

"The BMA Awards have recognised this."

BMA PLG patient information awards 2023 results

The full results for the BMA PLG patient information awards are:

  • Winner – When someone dies, Marie Curie, December 2022
  • Runner-up – Suicide Prevention Support, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, February 2023
  • Shortlist – Your communication after a stroke, Stroke Association, May 2023
  • Shortlist – My Kidney Essentials, Cognitant Group and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, September 2022
  • Shortlist – Mpox (Monkeypox) Campaign, Terrence Higgins Trust, January 2023
  • Longlist –Tommy’s Miscarriage Support, Tool, Tommy’s and the University of Warwick, November 2022
  • Longlist – CoppaFeel! Pregnancy Resource: Your Breasts During and After Pregnancy, CoppaFeel!, November 2022
  • Longlist – Dennis has an anaesthetic – a Beano mini adventure, Royal College of Anaesthetists, November 2022
  • Longlist – Sickle cell disease and stem cell transplant, Anthony Nolan, August 2022
  • Longlist – Guides to help manage your asthma, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, March 2023
  • Highly commended – ADHD in adults, Royal College of Psychiatrists, May 2023


My Kidney Essentials is an avatar-led, digital counselling tool created by PIF TICK member Cognitant in partnership with The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. 

Its goal was to improve patient understanding about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), reduce health inequalities and reduce workforce burden.

Judges described it as a "brilliant culturally accessibly resource with language inclusivity which responds to the needs of the local community".

The Mpox Campaign was produced by PIF TICK member Terrence Higgins Trust in response to a new health outbreak.

It included digital, multilingual content, including website pages and animations.

Judges praised the "reflective" practices in the production process and excellent use of social media.

Your communication after a stroke was produced by PIF member the Stroke Association.

It is the charity's first aphasia-friendly guide created together with people with aphasia.

Judges commented on the broad user engagement and "excellent dissemination and evaluation plan".


All five of the longlisted resources were created by accredited PIF TICK members.

Tommy’s Miscarriage Support Tool, created in collaboration with the University of Warwick, helps users who have experienced miscarriage.

Judges praised the use of inclusive language and diverse user engagement as well as the "exceptional" commitment to improvement.

CoppaFeel!’s pregnancy resource is designed to inform those who are pregnant or breastfeeding of the guidance on how to check their breasts, and any changes to be aware of.

Judges praised the excellent use of inclusive language and graphics.

Dennis has an anaesthetic, produced by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, helps children understand what it’s like to have a general anaesthetic, using popular Beano characters.

Judges said it was a "highly innovative, entertaining presentation of important information for children".

Anthony Nolan's sickle cell disease and stem cell transplant resources are designed to to help empower and inform anyone with sickle cell disease who may have been told that a stem cell transplant is now a treatment option.

Judges said the "really well matched combination of lived experience and factual information will support people to make decisions".

Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust's guides to managing asthma were co-produced with local communities and healthcare professionals. PIF provided advice to help the team set a production process for translation during this project.

Judges praised the "fantastic campaign bridging inequalities due to language barriers".

Highly commended

In addition to the long-listed resources, the judges also wanted to recognise ADHD in adults – a resource produced by PIF TICK-accredited member the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In particular, they praised how the "social model of disability shines through in the work" and the use of appropriate language.

Find out more

Read the full BMA PLG patient information awards 2023 announcement here.

The announcement includes more details of all the resources and judges comments.