17th September 2019

Image: OHH Vote.A clinical support worker and a health care support worker from Scotland, who are among the finalists in the 2019 Our Health Heroes awards, are hoping the public will get behind them as the vote to decide the national winners goes live!

Voting is now open for the public to show their support for the nation’s healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have been judged as regional finalists in this year’s Our Health Heroes Awards.

Representing Scotland Richard Gray and Carl Brooks are among the 12 regional finalists in each of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year categories.

Richard and Carl now need the public’s vote to help them in being crowned a National Our Health Heroes winner of their category at the Our Health Heroes Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at London’s Science Museum.

Richard is a clinical support worker specialising in blood borne virus prevention within Lothian's Harm Reduction Team supporting patients who are struggling with addiction.

He offers emotional support at his recovery groups, where he uses his own history of addiction to instill hope in patients who often find their own situation hopeless.

Richard commented: “I am extremely humbled to have been nominated for this award. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support and encouragement of my team. I am grateful to of had this recognition for the work that I do.”

Meanwhile, Carl has been nominated for his role as a non-clinical healthcare support worker at NHS Orkney across the Renal Department and High Dependency Unit.

He goes above and beyond for patients and colleagues thorough his work and demonstrates a very positive and caring attitude, ensuring patients and relatives feel welcomed and cared for.

Carl has often been complimented on the care and support he has shown patients and visitors and has been called an inspiration and role model by his colleagues.

One of Carl’s colleagues in NHS Orkney, which says it all about Carl, said: “Not only is Carl appreciated by the staff, but patients are always commenting on how friendly and helpful he is.  Carl always says hello, always smiling and has a friendly, positive, caring approach.  Carl doesn’t just do his job; he goes the extra mile.” 

Carl said: “It is so nice to be recognised for the work I do which I really enjoy, and which doesn’t really feel like work most of the time. I enjoy meeting and interacting with the patients and staff and there is always something interesting happening on a daily basis.”

Julie Colquhoun, Head of Corporate Services, NHS Orkney said: “We are delighted for Carl and very proud of his success. We are absolutely clear that Carl is an example of the exemplary workforce NHS Orkney can call upon and his outstanding contribution since he started with us benefits our patients and service users on a regular basis. Carl is a very popular member of staff and we fully expect that his shortlist for this national award will encourage all of his colleagues from NHS Orkney and the wider population of Orkney to get behind him and register their vote in his favour.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “For the fourth year in a row these awards have struck a chord and it’s been amazing to read through the nomination forms; there are some truly incredible people working within our healthcare sector who deserve to be recognised for their achievements and dedication.  

“I’m delighted that Richard and Carl have been shortlisted in their individual categories. It will be up to the public to decide whether they take home the national award, but all of our finalists are already worthy winners.”

Members of the public can vote once in each category. Voting closes Friday 11th October.

Please    VOTE NOW     and show your support for your region’s Our Health Heroes.

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