Our Health Heroes

Celebrating the UK's health and social care workforce

Now in a fifth consecutive year, the awards recognise and honour the hard work and dedication carried out daily by thousands of health heroes across the UK.

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2020 Our Health Heroes Awards

We are delighted that so many individuals and teams have been recognised in this year’s Our Health Heroes awards. Now in a fifth consecutive year, the awards recognise, celebrate, and honour the hard work and dedication carried out daily by thousands of healthcare workers across the UK. Whilst to many, it may feel like part of their job. To those who they work alongside and care for, their help, support and guidance may mean the world.

The nomination window closed on October 25th 2020, and those shortlisted have been contacted. The public vote will be opening in January 2021, ahead of an awards ceremony which will be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

During the virtual awards ceremony, we will celebrate nominees and winners from nine 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/Team of the Year; Independent Health and Social Care Worker of the Year; Health and Wellbeing Employer of the Year; Digital Innovation Person/Team of the Year, and Outstanding Contribution, sponsored by NHS Employers.

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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.

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#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.

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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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