25th October 2018

Image: OHH logo.A record number of healthcare workers and employers who are going the extra mile have been shortlisted for the third annual Our Health Heroes awards.

The awards celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, who go above and beyond in their roles every day.

This year alone we received over 500 nominations. Regional winners for the Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year awards have now been put forward to a public vote to claim the national trophy.

Also, up for the public vote are three finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category, for which there is a bronze, silver and gold award.

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “For the third year running I’ve been taken aback by the number of nominations we have received for the Our Health Heroes awards.

“We would like to thank not only the public for their continued support, but also our fantastic sponsors, who have helped us to expand the awards again this year with the introduction of two further categories.

“These will ensure that even more people are recognised for their contribution to our amazing healthcare service.

“All of our finalists are outstanding in their field and are thoroughly deserving of their places in the shortlist. The calibre of nominations we received this year was sky high; each one demonstrated excellence in patient care, teamwork or staff retention, meaning our judges had a really difficult task!

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting all the finalists in November and celebrating the national winners.”

Kirk Lower, National Lead for Apprenticeships and Widening Participation for Health Education England (HEE), said: “Support workers and apprentices are a key part of the healthcare workforce and, through our Talent for Care programme, HEE supports employers with their workforce supply.

“This is achieved via school engagement, volunteering, work experience, pre-employment activity, apprenticeships and access to higher education and the registered professions.

“As the main sponsor for Our Health Heroes 2018, we congratulate everyone who is on the shortlist; it is clear from the high standard of nominations that both apprentices and support workers continue to play a vital role in delivering safe and compassionate care for all.”

Voting is now open visit ohh2018.page.link/vote-now to cast your vote before Thursday 8th November.

Here’s who you can vote for...

Operational Services Support Worker of the Year regional winners - sponsored by UNISON:

Rebecca Chapman, Antenatal and Newborn Screening Failsafe Officer at Northampton General Hospital - Eastern and East Midlands
Jiwan Ghumman, Business Support Officer at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust NHS - Greater London
Kirstie Lee, Management Secretary at East Cheshire NHS Trust- North and North West
Margaret Canavan, Ward Housekeeper at Belfast City Hospital - Scotland and Northern Ireland
Matthew Watts, Head of News at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - South of England
Laura Newcombe, Administration Officer/PA at Hywel Dda University Health Board - Wales
Nigel Breeze, a painter at Princess Royal Hospital - West Midlands
Elaine King, Volunteer Services Manager at Wakefield Hospital - Yorkshire and Humber

Clinical Support Worker of the Year regional winners:

Karen Ellames, Children’s Therapy Support Worker from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust - East Midlands
Eugene Majola, Senior Support Worker and an ambulance driver at Douglas Angus Care Ltd in Hertfordshire - Eastern
Shiddik Ahmed, Healthcare Support Worker at Great Ormond Street Hospital - Greater London
Amy Chambers, Senior Care Assistant at Birkdale Park Nursing Home in Southport - North West
Donna Finnigan, Associate Practitioner at Monkwearmouth Hospital, Sunderland - Northern
Wilnor Tennant, Activity Co-ordinator at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast - Northern Ireland
Christine Duncanson, Clinical Support Worker from Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow - Scotland
Lauretta Langley, Healthcare Support Worker from Frimley Park Hospital in Portsmouth - South East
Ellan Corner, Assistant Practitioner at Devon Partnership Trust - South West
Lindsey Gill, Healthcare Support Worker at Neath Port Talbot Hospital - Wales
Steve Dawson, Healthcare Assistant at Midland Eye in Solihull - West Midlands
Maxine Housley, Clinical Support Worker at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals - Yorkshire and Humber

Apprentice of the Year finalists – sponsored by the Yorkshire and Humber Excellence Centres (South Yorkshire Region Excellence Centre, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre and Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre)

Adam Cramp, a Nursing Degree Apprentice at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire
Andrew Daffern, Talent for Care Apprentice at Coventry and Warwick Partnership NHS Trust
Badar Anwer, Digital Communications Assistant at Birmingham and Solihull NHS Foundation Trust