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Could your amateur video be used to stop A&E overcrowding?

Did you get a new video camera for Christmas? Do you fancy putting it to good use and winning yourself a prize and some brilliant exposure for your work? The NHS is looking for amateurs to submit a short film that could be used as part of a national campaign.

Health conscious film makers are being asked to create a short, 30 second, film aimed at 15-24 year olds that follows a very simple brief. It has to help support the message of the NHS Choose Well campaign which aims to ensure that people, who need advice and treatment for common complaints, get fast and expert care. Many minor illnesses or injuries can be treated at home with help from local services such as pharmacies and GP surgeries. The campaign points them towards ways of getting treatment other than going to A&E departments or calling 999.

The winning entry will be uploaded to web sites and TV screens located in NHS waiting rooms and surgeries and YouTube channels. The producer of the video will also receive an iPad 2 (16GB) donated by AV Networks Ltd, who are supporting the campaign.

Entry to the competition is simple, just create your 30 second video and upload it as a private video to YouTube or Vimeo before 21st January 2013. Then send the link to comms@northwest.nhs.uk (with 'video competition' in the subject) so it can be checked to ensure it meets with NHS guidelines.

You need to upload it as a private video in the first instance so NHS North West can check it over for legal and technical information clarity. Once it has been checked it can be made public so others can see it.

A winner will be announced at the end of February 2013. For a full list of terms and conditions and more information log on to http://bit.ly/11D5wJM and follow the link at the bottom of the page.