Our Health Heroes
Winners revealed for national health and social care awards 2021
Announcing this year’s Our Health Heroes winners, celebrated at the virtual ceremony on March 23rd, 2021.
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On Tuesday 23rd March 2021 the fifth annual Our Health Heroes Awards took place. Although the awards looked different to previous years, our state-of-the-art virtual awards ceremony allowed us to celebrate our winners’ successes, be inspired by their stories and give them the recognition they so truly deserve!
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Meet the 2021 Our Health Heroes
This year we welcome 19 amazing individuals and teams into the Our Health Heroes hall of fame. Every single one of them are so deserving of this recognition.
Download the ceremony programme to read even more about our winners and partners.
Operational Services Support Worker of the Year
Sponsored by UNISON, this award celebrates those in operational support roles, providing vital services for colleagues, patients, and service users in NHS settings. Our Health Heroes three finalists were Marie Smith, a Ward Clerk from St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Laura Hurford, a Learning & Development Senior Administrator from Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST); and Tina Hughes, a Domestic Assistant from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
Outstanding Contribution Award
Sponsored by NHS Employers, this award recognises thousands of individuals working in healthcare going above and beyond for the benefit of patient care, and who support their colleagues. Our Health Heroes three finalists were Cody Gaubert, a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Janis Hostad, an Education and Development Coordinator from Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; and Amit Arora, a Consultant Geriatrician from University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM).
Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by UNISON, this award celebrates the significant contribution made by apprentices in the healthcare sector. Our Health Heroes three finalists were Sofia Goodchild, an Apprentice Partnerships and Integration Administrator from NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG; Isa Ullah-Khan, an Apprentice Healthcare Assistant from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; and Janine Pring, an Apprentice Respiratory Physiologist from North Bristol NHS Trust.
Clinical Support Worker of the Year
This award celebrates those in clinical support roles, providing vital support services for patients and service users in health and social care settings. Our Health Heroes three finalists were Claire Petford Norton, a Healthcare Assistant from Milton Keynes University Hospital; Eileen McCullough, a Support Worker from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; and Thomas Gregory-Smith, a Community Support Worker from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Independent Health and Social Care Worker of the Year
Celebrating the UK’s Independent Health and Social Care workforce at any level working in non-NHS health and social care settings, this often-hidden workforce, make up a vital part of the health and care system. Our Health Heroes three finalists were Joshua Mizen, a Specialists Support Worker for Thompsons at Home; Peter Morris, a Gardener for St Raphael’s Hospice; and Steve Singh, a Driver and Support Worker for Sahara Care.
In addition to announcing Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for our five individual categories, we also announced the Our Health Heroes team awards on the 23rd March. Find out more about our winners below:
Our Health Heroes 2019
Over 900 nominations were received for the national Our Health Heroes Awards 2019, from across the UK’s health and social care sector. And, on Wednesday 20th November 2019, more than 200 guests, including Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer at NHS England & Improvement, gathered for the fourth annual Our Health Heroes awards at London’s Science Museum.
Organised by Skills for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England (HEE), the ceremony, which was hosted by GP and TV Presenter Dr Dawn Harper, and included a performance by former doctor-turned-writer Adam Kay, celebrated the country’s unsung healthcare heroes.
During the event, trophies were presented to the winners of eight national award categories including: Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by UNISON; Operational Services Support Worker of the Year, sponsored by UNISON; Clinical Support Worker of the Year; Integrated Team of The Year; Learning and Development Project of the Year; Workforce Planning Team of The Year, sponsored by Locum’s Nest; Staff Retention and Wellbeing Employer of the Year; and Outstanding Contribution, sponsored by NHS Employers.
Find out more about Our Health Heroes, watch the 2019 highlights video.
The third annual Our Health Heroes Awards, hosted in 2018, meant a great deal to the hundreds of people nominated.
Celebrating the 70th birthday of our beloved NHS was just one of the reasons we received the highest number of nominations and held the largest ceremony to date, at London’s Oxo Tower. 160 guests attended the prestigious ceremony, hosted by TV Star Sunetra Sarker, along with the Skills for Health team.
Sponsored by Health Education England, UNISON, NHS England, NHS Improvement and many more, the extra special Our Health Heroes Awards dedicated 2018 to recognise those who have served in the NHS for most of their lives with the national #NHS70 Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the other 7 award categories included: Operational Services Support Worker of the Year, sponsored by UNISON; Clinical Support Worker of the Year; Apprentice of the Year; Workforce Planning Team of the Year; Integrated Team of the Year Award; and the Staff Retention and Wellbeing Employer of the Year Award.
Watch the ceremony highlights video to experience Our Health Heroes 2018.
Meet our Sponsors
The employers’ organisation for the NHS in England. We help employers to develop a sustainable workforce, improve staff experience and be the best employers they can be.Our practical resources and expert insights help make sense of current and emerging healthcare issues, to keep employers up to date with the latest thinking and ensure they are informed and equipped to support the NHS workforce. We also lead the national collective relationships with trade unions on behalf of the NHS and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
As the UK’s largest healthcare union, its members include nurses, midwives, health visitors, paramedics, cleaners, healthcare assistants, porters, caterers, medical secretaries, as well as clerical, administrative, scientific and technical staff. The One Team campaign aims to promote the message that everyone who works in the NHS is valued, no matter what role they fulfil. UNISON is proud to be sponsoring the Our Health Heroes operational services award to recognise the amazing work support staff do every day.
Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal and advisory services to over 800 businesses as well as being a market-leading firm within health and social care, housing and local and central government. Highly skilled, our people have built up exceptional knowledge over time in their chosen markets to gain invaluable experience and deliver a confident, rounded view. We proactively and passionately deliver legal and regulatory advice that generates outstanding results and truly delivers value for our clients.
Just some of the winning organisations...
Our Health Heroes celebrates individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond for the health and social care sector, and often nominees are put forward by their employer. Here are just a few of the organisations that represent the Our Health Heroes alumni over five years of awards.
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