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Nominations now open for the Our Health Heroes Awards!

Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:00

Image: OHH launch.Our Health Heroes, the national healthcare awards, are returning for the third year and promise to be bigger and better than ever, with new categories added to recognise more staff within the care and healthcare sectors.

Launched at an event on Friday (10th August) at Neath Port Talbot Hospital and organised by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, Our Health Heroes 2018 aims to recognise the contribution of healthcare workers across the UK.

Image: Andrew Gunn - OHH launch.Andrew Gunn, a Business Support Executive at The Edinburgh Clinic, was at the launch. In 2017, he won Apprentice of the Year after a public vote where almost 6,000 votes were cast. Andrew said winning the award was a very proud moment.

“I was honoured to have won Apprentice of the Year in 2017. I honestly didn’t expect it. I love my job, so it is great to be acknowledged for delivering a high standard of work, especially against such fantastic nominees.

“I joined The Edinburgh Clinic when I was just 17 and the team have helped me to grow into the person that I am today.”

Thanks to the ongoing support of headline sponsor Health Education England and prize sponsors UNISON, NHS Improvement and NHS England, the awards have grown and will now include the Lifetime Achievement Award #NHS70 and Staff Retention and Wellbeing Employer of the Year Award.

The new categories are in addition to the established awards for: Apprentice of the Year; Workforce Planning Team of the Year; Integrated Team of the Year; and the Clinical Support and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year.

Care and healthcare staff from across the UK can be nominated by line managers and colleagues via the Skills for Health website. Applications for the Lifetime Achievement Award are also open to public nomination.

Entrants will be shortlisted, and regional winners and finalists will either be chosen by public vote or by an expert panel, before the winners are announced at the awards ceremony later this year.

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday 16th September and the awards ceremony will take place on Friday 23rd November 2018 at London’s OXO Tower.

To make a nomination visit www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-2018