Our Health Heroes

Nominations are now closed for the Our Health Heroes Awards 2022.

Thank you to the hundreds of individuals who made a nomination, and to our sponsors for supporting the national awards scheme.

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What happens next?

The judges will now review all entries, and successful finalists will be contacted in December 2021. Due to a high number of nominations, we cannot contact nominees who are not finalists.

Finalists will be publicly announced in January 2022, ahead of a national vote to determine who will take home Gold, Silver or Bronze for the following award categories:

  • Exceptional NHS Operational Support Worker of Year
  • Inspirational Clinical Support Worker of the Year
  • Breakthrough Apprentice of the Year
  • Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare

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.

If you’d like to get involved next year, click here to find out how you can become a sponsor.

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 YearHealth 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.


#NHS70

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

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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