26th April 2019

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Do you know a healthcare worker who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the health service?

A new national award will recognise the outstanding contribution made by healthcare staff, which so often goes unnoticed.

Run by Skills for Health as part of their annual Our Health Heroes awards, the Outstanding Contribution award is open to workers from all types of role or healthcare organisation.

These are the staff who go the extra mile, who always are reliable and extremely dedicated, and whose colleagues think they should be celebrated for their amazing work.

To help acknowledge even more healthcare heroes, NHS Employers has announced its support and sponsorship for the new award. NHS Employers has been an avid supporter of the Our Health Heroes awards since they first began and is helping to raise awareness of the unsung heroes in healthcare.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “NHS Employers is proud to sponsor the Outstanding Contribution award, to ensure we recognise all our teams, who go above and beyond for our patients.

“Without its highly diverse and incredibly dedicated workforce, the NHS could not provide the top-quality care our communities deserve. Staff work together in a huge variety of roles, often under immense pressure, to offer the best possible care and we want to help highlight this vital work.

“It’s great to shine a light on those whose contribution and dedication deserves to be recognised and celebrated, but who often go unacknowledged.”

Since being launched in 2016, the Our Health Heroes awards have grown year-on-year and continue to give back to the thousands of healthcare workers, many of whom who are the backbone of our NHS.

In honour of NHS70 in 2018, the Our Health Heroes awards included the Lifetime Achievement award, and the response received was overwhelming. Helen King was the worthy winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award, you can read all about her story here.

We wanted to make sure even more people working in healthcare could be rewarded for their contributions, even after the NHS 70th birthday celebrations had come to an end. This inspired us to introduce the Outstanding Contribution award for 2019.

Candace Miller, Executive Director at Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, said:

“We are delighted to have NHS Employers working with us to reward the thousands of healthcare workers who are often unsung and make outstanding contributions in healthcare. It’s a fantastic achievement for anyone to be nominated, and we feel incredibly privileged to work with like-minded organisations from the NHS, to make the awards a truly special occasion.

“I’m very proud that Skills for Health, the National Skills Academy for Health and our sponsors are shining a light on their contribution. I look forward to celebrating these amazing people at our awards ceremony in November.

“Our Health Heroes is a wonderful way to meet and say ‘thank-you’ to some truly inspiring people from across the healthcare sector, and support from our sponsors highlights an unwavering appreciation of the healthcare workforce.”

Anyone can nominate a healthcare worker who they think deserves to be commended for their outstanding contributions to their role, workplace or community.

Nominate an Our Health Hero who has made an Outstanding Contribution by Saturday 29 June.

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