Last night UNISON was transformed into a glittering awards venue, to honour the NHS support staff who go above and beyond the call of duty (well, to honour some of them, there are thousands more who go above and beyond every day).
See what happened in pictures…
The regional finalists and other guests arrived and had a welcome drink (or two)
They met their NHS colleagues from across the UK in a fitting venue, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson gallery
They were welcomed into the dining room by some high quality* singing from UNISON’s own staff choir
*This depends on your standards
Everyone then took a seat at the pretty tables, where they were served sandwiches, tea and cake (with cake stands and everything)
An MP came to tea
(Jonathan Ashworth, MP for Leicester South and Shadow Secretary of State for Health. The one having the tea pot waved in front of him).
The famous Dr Phil Hammond was a hilarious host (with a bizarre pink friend)
Speeches were given
and finally, the winners were announced…
Elizabeth Cameron from Fortwilliam Day Centre took home the top honour in the Operational Services Support Worker of the Year category.
And Iain Scott (pictured centre) from Berwick Ambulance Station won the national award for Clinical Support Worker of the Year
But really, we’re the winners, because if we get sick, we’re looked after by all these wonderful, caring, people