Our Health Heroes
Entries now open for the national Healthcare Awards
Over 40% of the NHS workforce is made up of people in support roles. Our Health Heroes celebrates the individuals, teams and organisations going above and beyond to care for patients and each other, whatever their role – start your entry today.
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Choose from 11 new categories and start nominating today
Introducing 11 award categories to shine a light on the roles that often go unrecognised, but without whom, the NHS simply couldn’t survive.
Nominations are now open for the UK-wide Our Health Heroes Awards. Anyone can make a nomination, including members of the public for one of the 11 award categories.
Make your entry by the 14th of October 2021, and help us crown your Health Hero winners at the ceremony in March 2022, at the Science Museum in London.
Exceptional NHS Operational Support Worker of the Year
Sponsored by UNISON, this award celebrates the thousands of individuals working in non-clinical roles, without whom, the healthcare system could not function. From the porters, the cleaners, the receptionists, the gardeners, through to the administrators, security guards, researchers, technicians, and hundreds more.
Do you know an Operational Support worker who you want to celebrate?
Inspirational Clinical Support Worker of the Year
Celebrating those in clinical support roles, providing vital support services for patients and service users in health and social care settings. Clinical support workers play a crucial role in the delivery of exceptional care, without whom the health and social care sector simply couldn’t exist.
Do you know an Inspirational Clinical Support Worker worthy of an award?
Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare
There are thousands of individuals working in healthcare who would be deserving of this title. This award is proudly sponsored by NHS Employers. The health sector is made up of people who go above and beyond for the benefit of patient care and service delivery, and who support their peers and colleagues.
Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution in their career?
Breakthrough Apprentice of the Year
Recognising and celebrating the significant contribution made by an apprentice within their organisation in the healthcare sector, sponsored by UNISON. This award shines a light on the talented upcoming stars of the future, with individuals who act as advocates and ambassadors for apprenticeships as a route to healthcare careers, in both clinical and operational roles.
Do you know a stand-out apprentice who deserves celebrating?
NHS Improvement through Digital Innovation
This award will be given to an individual or team who has demonstrated a clear, significant, and successful digital innovation that has transformed outcomes, developed processes, and improved patient care.
Do you know an individual or team going the extra mile to improve the use of digital solutions and achieve better patient outcomes?
Best Healthcare Initiative in a Community or Criminal Justice Setting
There are thousands of individuals working in healthcare roles in community and criminal justice settings, with patients and service users who have complex healthcare needs. Nominees will demonstrate the creative delivery of healthcare programmes that have made a difference to health and wellbeing outcomes for patients and service users.
Do you know someone making an impact on healthcare outcomes in the justice sector?
Dedication to a Lifelong Learning Culture
This award, proudly sponsored by SFJ Awards, recognises new approaches to improve Learning and Development in healthcare, across teams, departments, or entire organisations and champions commitments to lifelong professional learning for the workforce.
Do you know a team making a difference to healthcare outcomes through their dedication to lifelong learning?
Most Inspired Health and Care Support by a UK Charity
This award will go to an organisation that has made a difference to the UK’s health and wellbeing, whatever the size. Charities have collaborated, partnered, and supported the NHS and Social Care organisations in hundreds of ways, each effort making a difference to someone in need.
Do you know a UK charity that deserves to be recognised for its positive impact on the UK’s healthcare sector?
Most Promising OD & People Programme
This award will be presented to an organisation that has shown a commitment to deliver on the ambitions of the NHS People Plan and demonstrate a clear people & OD strategy to enhance workforce outcomes. Nominations are based on those going above and beyond to implement a people strategy that will make a real difference to staff.
Do you know an organisation delivering exceptional work aligned to the NHS People Plan and People Promise?
Most Progressive Integrated Care Workforce Programme
This award will recognise employers developing or already delivering exceptional workforce development programmes to support integrated care systems. This award will recognise employers developing or already delivering exceptional workforce development programmes to support integrated care systems.
Do you know a team embracing effective integrated working to help improve workforce and patient outcomes?
Best Emergency Services Collaboration
Throughout the last 18 months, emergency services have been stretched to a capacity not seen before. This award recognises the long-term positive impact that collaborative working has had on all healthcare services and will be awarded to an employer, team, or group of individuals who have demonstrated significant improvement to the quality of services throughout the year.
Do you know a team or service who have stepped up to collaborate and improve emergency services?
Become an Award Sponsor
There is still time to get involved with the Our Health Heroes Awards. If you would like to sponsor an award category to show your appreciation for the UK’s healthcare sector, find out more about sponsorship opportunities.
Or get in touch by emailing the Our Health Heroes team to discuss your interests.
Meet Last Year's Winners
In March 2021 we welcomed 19 amazing individuals and teams into the Our Health Heroes hall of fame. Every single one of them, so deserving of this recognition. Download the 2021 ceremony programme to read even more about our winners and partners.
Organised by Skills for Health and with support from award category sponsors UNISON and NHS Employers, the virtual awards were hosted by Skills for Health’s Executive Director, Candace Miller. 19 worthy winners were congratulated by sponsors, special guests, industry leaders, and celebrities.
During the event, trophies were presented to the winners of award categories including: Apprentice of the Year and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year, sponsored by UNISON, Clinical Support Worker of the Year, Independent Health and Social Care Worker of the Year, Integrated Team of The Year, Learning and Development Project/Team of the Year, Health and Wellbeing Employer of the Year, and Digital Innovation Person/Team of the Year, and Outstanding Contribution, sponsored by NHS Employers
Watch the 2021 Our Health Heroes Awards ceremony on-demand.
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.
Become a partner
The Our Health Heroes awards is the only charitable awards scheme dedicated to shining a light on the individuals and teams who often go unnoticed in health and social care. Join a group of like-minded organisations championing our NHS workforce by partnering with us for the 2022 Our Health Heroes awards.
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