08th October 2019

Image: OHH Vote.A nursing assistant and a support worker from the North East, 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 the northern region, Peter Haddow and Dawn Nicholson 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.

Peter and Dawn 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.

Nursing assistant Peter has been recognised for his inspirational kindness and 33 years of dedicated service, specialising in complex and challenging cases, at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS.

Peter’s clinical practice has become the new benchmark, as both patients and staff aspire to work to his high standards. He is driven to ensure that each patient is offered structured support ensuring that, even at a difficult time, there is a positive to takeaway.

Peter said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for such a fantastic award, not to mention how overwhelmed I am. I am driven by passion and the positive impact I am able to have on people’s lives, I’m very proud to have been recognised for this.”

John Lawlor, Chief Executive at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are hugely proud of Peter’s success in being a regional winner in the ‘Our Health Heroes Awards’. I’m delighted that he has received the recognition he deserves for the positive impact he makes, especially for the young people using our services.”

Meanwhile Dawn, a support worker with the HF Trust, helps people with disabilities live as independently as possible within their community and regularly puts the needs of the person she is supporting ahead of her own.

Dawn commented: “I’m so pleased to be in the running for this award. Working in social care for over 20 years has been extremely rewarding. Seeing a smile on peoples faces when they achieve something new is always a fantastic feeling.”

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 Peter and Dawn 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.

Follow all of the Awards progress live on social media #OurHealthHeroes