Our Health Heroes

The UK awards for the health and care workforce

Our Health Heroes Awards recognises and honours the hard work carried out daily by thousands of healthcare support staff in roles vital to the provision of patient care.

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Our Health Heroes 2023

The winners of the Our Health Heroes 2023 were announced on 7 June. See the results.

The Awards Ceremony, held at the QEII Centre in central London, celebrated the achievements of our amazing winners – hosted by special guest Paul Sinha, of ‘The Chase’ fame. Take a sneak peek of the day in our events video. A big thank you to our sponsors and supporters, NHS England, NHS Employers, SFJ Awards, Unison, National Health Executive, and NHS Race & Health Observatory.

2023 Photo Library

Our Health Heroes 2022

Nineteen new winners were revealed during a ceremony on Thursday 24th March 2022 at London’s Science Museum.

Thanks to the support from our sponsors, including headline sponsor Health Education England, the sixth annual awards were hosted in-person and live-streamed. With a guest appearance from the then Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid MP, our worthy winners and finalists were recognised and celebrated for their outstanding achievements.

A big thanks also to Showtime Photo Booth, who gave the opportunity for attendees to make lasting memories using the Open Air Photo Booth.

Watch the 2022 Our Health Heroes Awards ceremony on-demand.

The Our Health Heroes Awards shine a light on the incredibly high standard of work and the vital role played by both apprentices and support workers. As the main sponsor of Our Health Heroes 2022 we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. Every single person that received a nomination should feel very proud of themselves for going above and beyond every day to support our patients and communities.

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of headline sponsors Health Education England

2022 Photo Library

You can browse the photo library from the Our Health Heroes Awards 2022.

Our Health Heroes 2020/2021

Winners of the 2020/2021 awards were crowned on 23rd March 2021. With nominees, finalists and winners from across the UK’s health and social care sector, we hosted our virtual awards ceremony for more than 200 guests and award speakers, including Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer at NHS England & Improvement, David Hare, Chief Executive at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, and Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive at Health Education England.

Our Health Heroes was created to champion real people, who are at the heart of our healthcare system. Now more than ever we need to celebrate and say ‘thank you’ to the thousands of unsung heroes up and down the country. Our Health Heroes 2021 was sponsored by Unison, NHS Employers, SFJ Awards and Bevan Brittan.

The ceremony was hosted virtually by Skills for Health Executive Director Candace Miller, supported by a number of special guests and partners. 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, plus hear from some special guests!

Watch the 2021 Our Health Heroes Awards Ceremony on-demand.

Our Health Heroes 2019

A record number of 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.


The third annual Our Health Heroes Awards, hosted in 2018, meant a great deal to the hundreds of people who were nominated.

Celebrating the 70th birthday of our beloved NHS was just one of the reasons that 160 guests attended the prestigious ceremony to celebrate the achievements of those in the health and care workforce. The event was 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.

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.

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