GABMLS PROFESSIONAL AWARDS 2015/2016
INFORMATION ON GABMLS PROFESSIONAL AWARDS 2015/2016
- CATEGORIES OF AWARDS
Categories of Awards available to deserving GABMLS members for 2015/2016 shall be as follows:
- BEST MALE REGIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY PRACTITIONER (10)
- BEST FEMALE REGIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY PRACTITIONER (10)
- *PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL AWARD (1)
- SIGNIFICANCE OF AWARDS
GABMLS has instituted Awards to recognize excellence in service and demonstrable commitment to the progress and development of the association.
- SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
*The selection for the PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL AWARD shall remain the prerogative of the President.
All other awards will be competitive and awardees shall be selected based on established process and criteria.
The following guidelines may help awards committees avoid implicit bias and, in general, ensure fairness and equity, devoid of restrictions that could disproportionately affect any group of persons within the profession.
Selection criteria in evaluating candidates shall be rated as follows:
- Work-related achievements (40%): delivery of quality laboratory service, and the promotion of the practice of medical laboratory science.
- Service to the profession (40%): active participation in GABMLS activities and contributions to the objects of the association.
- Service to society and the community beyond the nominee’s regular employment (20%): engagement in public health education (at churches, schools, social groups, etc) and creating awareness of the role of medical laboratory professional in Ghana.
Publicity of Nomination:
- The award selection process shall be adequately publicized in all GABMLS official communication platforms. Notifications of invitation for nominations will be published in association meetings, facebook, whatsapp, emails, and in other appropriate media. Adequate publicity will increase awareness of the award among all GABMLS members and also has the benefit of increasing interest in the award and making the selection process more transparent and inclusive.
- Each Regional Executive Council will constitute the Regional Award committee, and the NEC will constitute the Final Award/Appointing committee.
- The Regional Awards Committee shall within one week after the nomination deadline meet to consider all nominations based on the selection criteria. The selection and recommendations of the Regional Award committee shall be delivered to the President/NEC.
- All nominations and recommendations by the Regional Awards committees shall be subject to review by the NEC.
- The nominations and selection results of a region shall NOT be revealed to the candidates before consideration by the NEC.
Both the nominator and nominee must be members in good standing
Each nomination must be accompanied with a justification (recommendation).
All cadres within the profession are eligible for the same category of Awards. Thus, nominees for awards shall not be limited to a particular cadre of the profession.
All nominations shall be submitted to the Regional Chairman at any time up till the end of May, 2016. Nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. of the last day in the month of May, 2016.
Any nomination submitted without justification and/or delivered after the deadline will not be considered.
Each nomination will be rated and ranked with all other nominations, based on the selection criteria (see section 3.1).
The NEC will review all regional nominations and recommendations carefully and make the final confirmation.
The final decisions by the NEC will remain confidential until the chosen awardees are notified by the President in writing.
Guidelines for Regional Awards Committees in selecting winners
Discuss the Selection process and criteria that will be used to evaluate nominees before reviewing the nominations.The committee members should have a clear appreciation of the selection criteria as published for the award before discussion/reviewing of the nominations begin. As much as possible avoid implicit bias via "criteria-shifting"
Consider including those whose qualifications are not strong (low cadre professionals) but whose work may be very widely known.We acknowledge that high qualification is prestige and considered important in the profession, but for purposes of this awards qualifications shall not be a prioritized item.
The Chairman shall make a personal list of top nominees by selecting candidates that are outstanding, and should not find reasons to eliminate candidates for consideration before hearing the recommendations of other members.This avoids the undue influence of one member and ensures that the list of viable nominees is as large as possible before discussion by the entire committee begins.
Ensure that every committee member's voice is heard.Do not let any committee member remain silent.
Take adequate time to make a decision.Committee members must have time for thoughtful reflection and discussion, and not to make snap judgments. If a letter of recommendation has come from an eminent person within the profession or leader of the Association it may be given more consideration than a letter from a less well-known association member, nominators should be informed of this.
Avoid Conflict of Interest.Committee members should make clear any connection they may have with a person under consideration for an award, and come to a decision that is agreeable with other committee members with respect to their participation in further discussions.
The Award value for all categories shall be limited to CITATION ONLY. Award winners will be regarded as role models and revered in the association including full profiling in the Association website.