Our Health Heroes

The national health awards for the UK health and social care workforce

Now in its 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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Our Health Heroes Virtual Awards Ceremony

On 23rd March 2021, we will be crowning this year’s Our Health Heroes at an exciting virtual awards ceremony.  Although the awards may look different this year, it will still be the inspiring and joyful event we all know it to be. You can watch the winners be announced from the comfort of your own home or desk, so don’t miss this opportunity to share our winner’s successes, be inspired by their stories, and hear from some special guests!


2021 Finalists - voting has now closed

We are delighted that so many individuals and teams have been recognised in this year’s Our Health Heroes awards. The awards recognise, celebrate, and honour the hard work and dedication carried out daily by thousands of healthcare workers across the UK.

Voting is now closed. Winners will be announced at our virtual award ceremony on March 23rd 2021.

In addition to announcing Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for our five individual categories, we will also announce winners for Our Health Heroes team awards on the 23rd March at our virtual ceremony. These categories include 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.

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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.

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.

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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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