Time to nominate your health hero

UNISON-sponsored awards for health and care support workers are being held for the fourth time

Our Health Heroes, the national healthcare awards that celebrate individuals, teams and organisations in the healthcare and care sectors, are back for the fourth year and nominations are now open.

The awards will be delivered by Skills for Health, with support from headline sponsor Health Education England and award category sponsors, NHS Employers and UNISON.

Nominations in eight categories, recognising the contribution of support workers and other healthcare professionals from the sector across the UK, including those working in the NHS, are being sought from healthcare professionals and members of the public via the dedicated Our Health Heroes.

Last year, UNISON members were the overall UK winners in two of the categories.

Speaking at the UNISON health conference in April, Adam Causon, the executive director of Skills for Health, said: “As patients, we remember the doctor who operated on us or the nurse who cared for us, but how many of us thank the healthcare assistants who were there to support us, the cleaner who kept the ward clean and safe or the porter that kept our spirits up as they moved us round the hospital?

“Behind the scenes, there are thousands of people who work tirelessly to keep the system running smoothly, day after day. Without these people, the NHS couldn’t survive. These are the unsung heroes of the UK’s healthcare sector.

“Our Health Heroes rewards teams and individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver outstanding care and support to patients and colleagues. If that sounds like someone you know, please make a nomination.”

Healthcare staff from across the UK can be nominated by line managers, colleagues, union branches or members of the public, using a simple form.

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Saturday 29 June, with the awards announced at a ceremony in London in November – so get nominating!

To find out more and to make a nomination, visit the Skills for Health website.