Our Health Heroes Partnerships
Join a group of like-minded organisations championing our health and care workforce
The national awards for the health and care workforce, Our Health Heroes recognises and honours the hard work carried out daily by thousands of staff across the UK.
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Award Category Sponsorship Benefits
Our Health Heroes is back for its eighth year to celebrate the thousands of individuals and teams working behind the scenes in the NHS and wider healthcare sector. Supported over the years by Health Education England, NHS England & Improvement, UNISON, Bevan Brittan and many more, the national awards scheme has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of people who recognise the deserving nominees and winners at a prestigious awards ceremony held in London.
Back for an exciting year of inspiring stories from the health sector’s rising stars, this is your chance to get involved and say ‘Thank you’ to our NHS workforce.
Sponsor a category that is aligned to your values and target audience
Join the prestigious senior leadership judging panel alongside NHS bodies and experts
Network with senior leaders in roles aligned to your organisation’s values
Exclusive announcement when you sign-up to become a partner to our audience of over 54,000 healthcare professionals
Dedicated category focus during the nomination window for your partnership & award
Personalised congratulatory email to all nominees, finalists and winners for your award category
Branding on every touchpoint throughout the campaign and at the awards ceremony
Your logo, profile, link to your website and option for a video on the Skills for Health website
Feature a representative of your choice in the official awards highlights video
Your logo on the award of your category & option to add a branded gift to each winner’s trophy box
Exclusive table to attend the awards ceremony for up to 4 people
Work with our PR team on opportunities to share winners’ stories in publications, on radio and TV
Branding on our visual displays at the awards ceremony venue
Option to upgrade – add a branded gift to the goodie bags every awards ceremony attendee will receive – additional £500 (gift not included)
The winners are a truly deserving group of outstanding individuals who highlight the extraordinary work that the whole NHS team has to do every day.
Sarah Gorton, Head of Health, UNISON
Apprentice of the Year
Apprentices make a significant contribution to the healthcare sector, and are a vital route of education and onboarding staff into the workforce. We want to shine a light on the bright stars of the future – those who go above and beyond in their role, and act as advocates for apprenticeships to those considering their future careers, whether in clinical or operational roles.
Best Healthcare Initiative in a Justice Setting
Everyone has a right to healthcare, and this award recognises the excellent work being done in often challenging settings, meeting complex organisational and patient needs. Whether in prisons and probation, policing, or other justice settings, we want to hear about the important role that healthcare professionals in justice are playing for patients and service users.
Best Healthcare Support by a UK Charity
Charities are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing treatment or care, supporting patients and their families, and advocating for public health and needs – whether in mental health, grief support, learning disability, or many more areas. It would be hard to honour them all, but we want to hear from charities of any size who have made a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of the public.
Best Healthcare Workforce Programme
The healthcare sector works hand-in-hand with other organisations every day. We want to celebrate the amazing – and often life-saving – people who make collaboration between organisations work on the ground. Whether they are ambulance services, fire and rescue services, police, coastguard, social care, community practices, or many others – we are excited to hear about those who have gone above and beyond to improve patient outcomes by working and learning in cross-agency teams.
Clinical Support Worker of the Year
Clinical support roles provide vital services for patients and service users – the healthcare system simply couldn’t function without them. They make all the difference in providing exceptional care, and are often on the frontline helping the most vulnerable in society. They are inspirational to their colleagues but sadly sometimes their contributions go unnoticed – so this award is a chance to give back and recognise them!
Dedication to a Lifelong Learning Culture
Continuous learning is a core principle of the healthcare sector – as new regulations, guidelines, best practice and ways of working emerge, staff have to constantly embrace learning and developing new skills. Organisations also have to improve the accessibility and credibility of training and ensure opportunity for all staff. We want to hear from teams and employers who are delivering world-class learning and development programmes that promote this lifelong learning.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
With clear aspirations for inclusive workplaces in healthcare in place, we want to recognise the efforts of those who are supporting equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and are promoting positive outcomes for staff from diverse groups. We’re excited to hear about individuals or teams who have made a clear, significant, and sustainable improvement in tackling inclusion and diversity challenges.
Healthcare Volunteer of the Year
New for 2024 we want to celebrate the contribution made by the thousands of individuals who give their time freely to support our healthcare system. Volunteers are crucial to the NHS’s vision for the future of health and social care, as partners with skilled staff, not as substitutes for them.
From those who volunteer in hospital libraries and radio stations, to patient befrienders and transport drivers, there are more than 300 voluntary roles within the NHS. We want to hear about these good Samaritans, who go above and beyond in their free time, to brighten the lives of not only patients and services users, but also staff.
NHS Improvement through Digital Innovation
The power of technology is evidenced everywhere across the healthcare system. We want to celebrate those teams who have innovated and incorporated digital technologies into their ways of working – designing, implementing or championing improvements that have made a clear impact to staff. These will ultimately have had positive repercussions for colleagues and the wider workforce and their ability and time to provide care.
Operational Support Worker of the Year
The infrastructure around healthcare is vast and complex, but absolutely critical in ensuring patients can access the services they need. Every person and every role in healthcare settings plays a part in this, and we want to celebrate those in operational roles who keep systems and processes running – whether they are manning a reception, taking care of the buildings and facilities, or making sure staff have access to the systems and tools they need.
Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare
Every staff member in the healthcare sector is a hero for their contributions to the health and wellbeing of the public. Some people go truly above and beyond, without seeking reward or recognition – for example, by dedicating decades of their life to one area of practice, or to keeping one organisation or ward running, by investing significant personal time to improving and enhancing patient care, or going out of their way to make improvements and help people.
We want to hear about the special people tirelessly working away with great dedication – providing a role model to those around them, and making outstanding contributions that make a difference to the immediate care of individuals and the wider healthcare sector.
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 selection of the organisations that represent the Our Health Heroes alumni over six years of awards.
Talk to the awards team
Find out more about Our Health Heroes partnership opportunities by completing the form, and someone from the awards team will be in touch to discuss your ambitions.
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