The submission, whether related to written work or to a practice situation, should demonstrate the following essential criteria:
1. a recognition of the social barriers and negative attitudes that are disabling to people who have impairments, including the existence of these barriers in many health, social care, and other agencies;
2. an awareness of the difference between disability (as defined by the social model) and impairment;
In addition, the Panel will also look for some or all of the following in the submitted work:
3. an articulation of how professional practice can:
• reduce social barriers and negative attitudes, • enhance the disabled person’s control over his or her own life, • show ways in which effective work can be carried out in partnership with the disabled person;
4. an understanding of the impact and social consequences of impairment;
5. where appropriate a reflective account of how this piece of work might influence future practice.
The Panel reserves the right not to award a Prize if, from the nominations received, none sufficiently meets the specified criteria.
Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.