The parent group of the British Medical Journal has announced the categories for an inaugural awards ceremony which it says will “recognise and celebrate excellence in healthcare across the globe”.

The BMJ Group Awards ceremony will take place on April 2 next year in London. The ten categories that will be covered include research paper of the year, corporate social responsibility, health communicator of the year, best innovation in medical communication, and best quality improvement.

Awards will also be given outstanding achievement in evidence-based health care, excellence in learning and education, clinical leadership, global leadership and the BMJ Group award for lifetime achievement. The latter will be chosen by open vote on bmj.com.

The judges include Angela Coulter, chief executive of the Picker Institute Europe, Niall Dickson, head of the Kings Fund and Anthony Costello, director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. Nominations will close on December 19 and the short list for each award will be announced at the end of January.

Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ, said that the awards “are a chance for health care to celebrate its successes…the challenges and opportunities in health care have never been greater”. Stella Dutton chief executive of the BMJ Group added that she hopes the awards “will become an annual accolade of distinction prized in health care and medicine across the globe. I encourage everyone to nominate and become involved in this exciting and positive venture."