2020 Ian Noble Essay Prize

The title for the 2020 Ian Noble Essay Prize is:
“Followership during the COVID-19 pandemic: what can we learn?”

The submission period is open until 23:59 on 15th October 2020.

Winners will be announced at #HLA20 Conference and offered the opportunity to deliver an oral presentation on the topic.



Eligibility criteria
The HLA Essay Prize is an individual award which is open to applications from:

  • Medical, Nursing, Midwifery, Dental or Allied Health Professional Students
  • Professionals on the GMC, GDC, NMC or HCPC registers within three years of qualification

Applicants must be registered with the HLA.

Submissions must not have been:

  • entered elsewhere for any other award
  • presented at national or international conferences
  • published

Submission criteria
Submissions may be up to 1,500 words in length and should use Vancouver referencing. They should be sent to melody@thehealthcareleadership.academy with the subject of the email ‘Ian Noble Essay Prize [Your name]’.
On the document, the author’s name, position and email address should be stated underneath the title.
Submissions will be scored using a standardised marking scheme, considering:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Analysis
  • Use of evidence base/research
  • Structure of argument
  • Communication
  • Style
  • Novelty of ideas.

1st prize
The winner will be given the opportunity to present their work at The HLA International Conference on 21st-22nd November 2020, and will be presented with a certificate. Their essay will be published on The Leadership Blog and promoted across social media. Additionally, they will be  invited to present their work on a HLA Live episode, and receive one year’s free HLA Associate Membership.

2nd and 3rd place entrants will receive one year’s free HLA Associate Membership and will be invited to present their work on a HLA Live episode.

The results will be announced in late October, so please keep 21st-22nd November 2020 free and register for your free place at the conference.

Previous topics and 1st place prize winners:
2017 – Technology in healthcare: How can we best meet the population’s needs? – Lisa Amani
2018 – “My ten year plan for the NHS”
2019 – In a global workforce crisis, how do we ensure our workforce can meet the population’s healthcare needs? – Wiktoria Milczynska